BBC Countryfile's Matt Baker unveils unique artwork on the Yorkshire Wolds

PUBLISHED: 17:18 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 20 February 2013

Matt Baker and Waves and Time

Matt Baker and Waves and Time

Star of BBC Countryfile, Matt Baker, officially unveiled a spectacular artwork created on the Yorkshire Wolds Way as part of a groundbreaking tourism development by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY).

Star of BBC Countryfile, Matt Baker, officially unveiled a spectacular artwork created on the Yorkshire Wolds Way as part of a groundbreaking tourism development by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY).

The artwork, Waves and Time, is a part of VHEYs project, WANDER Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which will be the country's first ever public art collection on a national trail.

Presenter Matt said the artwork was spectacular. He added: The valley is inspirational and the artwork complements that.

WANDER will see the installation of up to 10 landmarks artworks on the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way with the addition of six beautifully crafted benches etched with poetry inspired by the enchanting scenery. Waves and Time is the first of the artworks to be completed and visitors will be able to see it change through the seasons, sometimes covered with wild flowers, grass and snow!

The earthwork is just a short walk from the village of Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds. Inspired by the ancient flow of water that worked down the valley in the last ice age, the artwork is a spiral which reaches across the valley to a recreated dew pond, located in a beautiful open space.

The artwork was created by internationally renowned artist, Chris Drury, whose work has appeared everywhere from the snow of Antarctica to the desert sands of Nevada. Chris tailors his work to complement the landscape, taking great care to create lasting and memorable projects. The artist worked closely with a group of local residents to ensure that the artwork was something that the local community wanted to see in their region.

Janet Reuben, Chief Executive of VHEY, said: The WANDER project is truly unique and because of this it is gaining a lot of positive attention for this region. The completed trail will be a magnificent addition to our tourism industry and will encourage new visitors to experience what we have to offer.

Chris Drury said: The valley itself is the sculpture, so that anything there has to be very subtle. My plan was to make a few lines in gentle rolling mounded grass banks that follow the original movement of the ice and water.

Councillor Jane Evison, Portfolio Holder for Culture Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: It is fantastic that the WANDER project will be appearing on BBC Countryfile and that the East Riding will be able to showcase one of our exciting new tourist attractions to such a large audience.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said: Not only is WANDER an ambitious project the first of its kind in the UK, it also offers celebrated artists such as Chris Drury the opportunity to get their work out there for new audiences to see. The projects consultation with local communities means that as well as becoming an important source of cultural tourism for East Yorkshire, WANDER will provide something meaningful and beneficial to people living in the surrounding area. WANDER is art that gives both local people and visitors an all important sense of place.

The project has been supported by the Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways LEADER programme. The programme is being financed by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development and Defra as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

WANDER is part of VHEYs Yorkshire Wolds Development Programme: a major tourism development programme to attract even more visitors to the Yorkshire Wolds that has also included the Walk the Wolds pack, cycling routes and the installation of visitor information boards across the region.

Latest from the Yorkshire Life