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Permanent art installation planned for Durham railway arches

Published January 02, 2018 4.30pm

Artists are to create a new permanent light installation inspired by Durham's Lumiere festival.

Sponsored by the developers of the nearby Milburngate site - which played host to Fire Tornado during the recent four-day spectacular - the new artwork is due to be switched on in the city's railway arches by autumn 2018.

Our council leader, Cllr Simon Henig, 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."

As part of Lumiere Durham 2017, in November the arches were home to Arclight, a colour-changing light installation by artist Vicky Hay.

Following its success, Lumiere producers Artichoke will now work with artists to design a new, permanent light installation next to the roundabout at the top of North Road.

Allan Cook, managing director of Milburngate developer Arlington Real Estate - which is sponsoring the new work along with Richardsons Capital - 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, Artichoke's development director,  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."


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