ONE of the Lumiere light festival’s most popular displays could become a permanent fixture in Durham city centre.
Lumiere installation Helvetictoc could be seen in Durham for some time to come, with a planning application being discussed by Artichoke, which produced the festival.
Durham County Council is involved in the talks after buying the artwork for £10,000 using a community fund grant from Durham-based Banks Group.The council hopes to see it back in Millennium Place next year.
Tobie Langel’s tribute to an iconic typeface and a nation of clock-makers was a hit with the public at both the 2011 and 2013 festivals.
Durham Council leader Councillor Simon Henig 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. It would be a really fitting addition to Millennium Place.”
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director for the Banks Group, said: “As a local business, we are delighted to be able support this new amenity for the Durham community that provides a quirky public timepiece as well as a lasting reminder of the success of the Lumiere festivals which have become such a popular attraction in Durham City.”
The planning application for Helvetictoc to become a permanent fixture will remain open for comment until December 23, and a decision will be announced next year.