Lumiere festival 'clock' installation to become Durham fixture

Helvetictoc Durham County Council has bought the artwork for £10,000

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One of the Lumiere light festival's most popular displays could become a permanent fixture in Durham city.

Durham County Council has bought the artwork, Helvetictoc - which projects the time - for £10,000, and is hoping to install it in Millennium Place.

This years event's attracted more than 175,000 visitors this year.

Subject to planning permission, it is hoped the work, created by artist Tobie Langel as a tribute to clockmakers, will be in place in the New Year.

Councillor Simon Henig, leader of the council, said: "Helvetictoc has entertained the crowds as part of the world class Lumiere light festival twice now and I hope it will become a timely reminder of the latest event earlier this month.

"It is charming in its simplicity and practical in its message.

"The art work's witty use of language to provide an approximate time recalls an era before smartphones and it's hoped it will become a light-hearted reminder of the world class Lumiere festival by early next year."

The planning application for Helvetictoc will remain open for comment until 23 December.

A decision will then be announced in the New Year.

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