Lumiere artwork to go on show permanently at city's railway arches

Allan Cook and Sarah Coop in front of the Railway Arches, pictured during Lumiere 2017. The display is to become a permanent installation.
Allan Cook and Sarah Coop in front of the Railway Arches, pictured during Lumiere 2017. The display is to become a permanent installation.

A new light installation is to be put on show in Durham as part of the ongoing legacy of the Lumiere Festival.

The developers of Milburngate and Lumiere producers Artichoke are working alongside Lumiere commissioner Durham County Council to create the new public art, which will be installed in the city’s railway arches.

Thousands of people pass the spot on buses, cars and vans each day as they use the A690 and North Road to travel through the city.

As part of Lumiere in November the arches were home to Arclight, a colour-changing light installation by artist Vicky Hay, one of a series of dramatic pieces of artwork that attracted 240,000 people to the city during the four-day festival.

Following its success, Artichoke will now be engaging with artists to design a new, permanent light installation at the arches adjacent to the roundabout alongside the Railway Station.

It is planned to be completed in autumn this year.

The new installation is sponsored by the developers of Milburngate, Arlington Real Estate and Richardson family, who are long-term supporters of Lumiere.

Most recently, their site hosted the Fire Tornado installation whose 16 metre-high vortex flames lit up Durham’s riverside during Lumiere 2017.

Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “The viaduct is a much loved land mark of Durham and this installation will lift its prominence in keeping with the iconic Castle and Cathedral as well as highlighting the continuing cultural impact of Lumiere on the city.

“We are very proud to again be working with Artichoke and Durham County Council to create this piece of Lumiere legacy, which will continue to help shine a light on our beautiful and vibrant city.”

Sarah Coop, development director at Artichoke said: “The developers of Milburngate have been terrific supporters of Lumiere from the beginning, and again in 2017, and we’re thrilled to be working with them and Durham County Council on a permanent light installation at the arches.”

Councillor Simon Henig, leader of the council, said: “Every Lumiere leaves a lasting effect on our county, local businesses and the many thousands of people who are drawn to the light festival.

“That’s why it’s wonderful to have a permanent installation to light up the viaduct along this beautiful section of our railway network, and cement Durham’s status as a place of light.”