As part of today's spectacle of the Tour de France in London, Waltham Forest Council and college students have partnered up to design a land mural.

The piece of land art on Whipps Cross roundabout, designed to be seen from the sky, was created by Leyton Sixth Form college students and artist Phil Coy.

Viewed by billions around the world and thousands on the street, the mural, depicting the geometry of a bicycle and floral motifs of the borough's most famous resident William Morris, is the only piece of land art to be created in London for today's historical event.

The location is also highlighted as a key viewing point for residents with the whole of stage 3 being screened live on a big television. Live music and entertainment will also take place at Leyton Green and the Bakers Arms and Lea Bridge Road Junction.

Principal Kevin Watson of the Essex Road sixth form said the college was delighted to be involved in the celebrations. 

He said: "The association of sport, art and celebration of local heritage brings together three themes close to the college’s heart" said Mr Watson.

Council leader Chris Robbins said the borough was to make the most of the passing through the heart of the borough, and held a Tour de France themed family fun day at Leyton Park yesterday.

"It’s fantastic for Waltham Forest to play host to the Tour and we’re looking to make the most of it by having the family fun day on Sunday and a host of celebrations today when the cyclists come through," said cllr Robbins.

Road closures along the route are expected until 6pm, with some opening earlier if all the riders and entourage have passed through before then.