4:22pm Thursday 19th September 2013
By Chris Webber
PLANNING permission for an automated sculpture has been granted.
The Stockton Flyer, which was inspired by George Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1, could be built on Stockton High Street if funding is secured by the council.
The automaton would be hidden inside a plinth and emerge at set times of the day at the north end of the street.
The plinth and sculpture will be more than seven metres high if built and has been designed by artists Rob Higgs and Keith Newstead.
A model of the automaton was one of three which were placed in the High Street Stockton Shop, and the public were asked to vote for their favourite. More than 1,000 people took part.
No costing has been given by the council for the automaton although the council has said external funding will be sought.
Stockton High Street is undergoing a £38m improvement scheme, with about £20m coming from Stockton council.
The winning automaton design is a cartoon version of the Locomotion No 1, the first train on the world’s first modern passenger railway - the Stockton and Darlington.
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