This landmark feature commemorates Great Yorkshire Way which will open soon. It was installed in time for stage one of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which will use phase two of the link road and pass by the feature en route to the finish in Doncaster town centre.
The imposing artwork reflects this being the gateway to the great county of Yorkshire and one of the first sights visitors to our county will see when they arrive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and venture on to their destination.
It is also close to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and in the popular market town Bawtry – just a stone’s throw away – is “No 1 Yorkshire” – this Grade II, listed town house is the southernmost house on the Great North Road and the first property in Yorkshire.
The artwork was commissioned by Doncaster Council as part of the Great Yorkshire Way scheme.
It was designed by the artist Chris Brammall.
It will be used as an iconic start and finish point for new cycling routes once Great Yorkshire Way is complete and open in a few weeks' time.
At the moment it remains part of Tarmac's construction site.
An iconic feature
Elected Mayor Ros Jones, and CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity, talk about why the Yorkshire Gateway is an iconic installation.
- Height: 8.6m (height of two double decker buses)
- Width: 8.5m (the centre is 1.5m - wide enough to cycle through)
- Weight: 13 ton
- Volume: 13.7 Cubic Metres.
- 380 metres of weld
How was it made (the technical bit)
The 15mm mild steel was profile cut before being mig-welded from both the outside and inside into three sections. Each leg section weighs 3.2ton and the top middle section 6.6tons. The blasting process gave a uniform finish ready for the paint to be applied by a specialist finishing technician.