One of the art installations in this year's Lumiere Festival in Durham will become a permanent fixture. Durham County Council has bought the Helvetictoc clock, which tells the time in quirky ways, for £10,000.
The clock should be in place in the city's Millennium Square early in 2014, subject to a planning application.
Organisers of Lumiere in Durham will unveil the programme for this year's festival at a launch later. The festival, described as a "celebration of light" is held over four days and places art displays and installations around the city.
The last time it was held, in November 2011, it was seen by 150,000 people and brought in £4.3m to the local economy.
This year's festival will be held from 14th - 17th November.
Durham's Lumiere festival has attracted new funding from Arts Council England. They have awarded two grants of £150,000 and £99,000 to Lumiere 2013 as part of the festival under its Grants for the Arts programme.