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Durham Lumiere lights up the city

Durham has been transformed by a series of light-based sculptures and installations as part of the UK's biggest light festival, Lumiere.

Twitter was flooded with photographs of the artwork.



Council buys Lumiere clock for permanent display

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.

Helvetictoc tells the time in conversational language Credit: Steve Drew/PA Archive

The clock should be in place in the city's Millennium Square early in 2014, subject to a planning application.

Lumiere cost shops thousands of pounds

Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.

The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.

The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.

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