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Workington Lookout Clock
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Lookout: the Workington town clock

Ivison Lane, Workington town centre

Following the opening of Coast Line, located between the Washington Central Hotel and Debenhams, in April, the second major artwork to be installed in Workington is the town clock, Lookout. The clock was officially switched on by the Mayor of Allerdale on Saturday 1 July 2006.

Lookout is an interactive, mechanical clock designed by artist Andy Plant. The clock is situated on Ivison Lane, just off Pow Street, next to the NatWest bank. The clock’s minute hand has a camera at the end and rises into the air on the hour to give people a panoramic view of the town via viewing windows on the spherical body of the clock.

The design of the clock is based on a ‘camera obscura’ - a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface. The new space also includes specially-designed seating made by Alan Dawson Associates as well as the three-dimensional clock, a hollow steel sphere 4.57 metres tall.

Chimes have been composed by Matt Wand to play on the hour and on the half hour from the speakers built into the surrounding seating. The recordings use voices from interviews with local people set to music specially performed by Matt himself, Stainburn Steel Band and Dearham Brass Band.

The art projects are all part of a £2.74m programme of improvements to the
appearance of Workington town centre, funded by the Northwest
Regional Development Agency.


Workington Town Clock - Aerial ViewTo learn more about Andy Plant’s work, visit his website at


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