A collection of mirrored totems called 'Flint' will be placed in the grounds of the Norwich Arts Centre in St Benedicts Street.

The artwork received planning permission from the city council this month and is due to be installed by March next year.

The sculpture is inspired by the flint walls of the Church of St Swithin which closed in 1951 before becoming a shoe store and then the Arts Centre.

It will be illuminated during the operating hours of the arts centre between sunset and 1am and will be connected to a programmable digital clock.

Norwich Arts Centre

And the installation will be lit up by low-voltage LEDs which planning papers state will mean that glare is unlikely.

The planning application stated: "The installation has been set back from the boundary and highway to further reduce the risk of distracting drivers of passing vehicles."

Norfolk County Council's highways department confirmed it had no objection in principle to the works.

The artwork forms part of the Norfolk Way Art Trail which has been funded by the European Union and aims to get people visiting the area during the October to March off-season.

Flint is an art installation due to be installed outside Norwich Arts Centre (Image: toyStudio)

Margaret Dewsbury, the county council's cabinet member responsible for arts and culture, said: “These installations are aimed at encouraging people out on the Norfolk trail to enjoy art and nature and to learn about the wildlife and the heritage of the area."

The artwork is designed to be removed after 10 years and the installation process is being managed by the Norwich BID initiative which identified St Swithin's as a "gateway location" in the city.

Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich BID, said: "We have worked very hard with multiple partners to make sure we have had the community's engagement to make sure everyone is supportive.

Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich BID (Image: Archant)

"It has been a very collaborative project and I am really pleased to see it get planning permission.

"The artist was hugely passionate and really wanted to reflect the environment in which it was situated."

QOSHE - Mirror and LED art instillation to be unveiled in city centre An illuminated sculpture will be installed outside the Norwich Arts Centre in St Benedicts Street after planning permission was granted. - Ben Hardy
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Mirror and LED art instillation to be unveiled in city centre An illuminated sculpture will be installed outside the Norwich Arts Centre in St Benedicts Street after planning permission was granted.

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18.11.2022

A collection of mirrored totems called 'Flint' will be placed in the grounds of the Norwich Arts Centre in St Benedicts Street.

The artwork received planning permission from the city council this month and is due to be installed by March next year.

The sculpture is inspired by the flint walls of the Church of St Swithin which closed in 1951 before becoming a shoe store and then the Arts Centre.

It will be illuminated during the operating hours of the arts centre between sunset and 1am and will be connected to a programmable........

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