I love Durham
Lumieres Festival, Durham 2011
The 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, known to generations as ‘the man on the horse’ is no stranger to controversy. An Eton-educated MP and Lord-Lieutenant of
the county, he was also considered a brutal oppressor of the miners employed in his pits. More recently his statue has been the subject of local debate, with a
hotly-contested battle over whether it should be removed, or moved at all, and if so, which way the horse’s derriere should face in greeting pedestrians entering
the Market Place.
Now the French artist Jacques Rival brings the controversial equestrian monument galloping into the twenty-first century with his mischievous and playful tribute
– a monumental dome that will cover the statue, which will be engulfed in billowing ‘snow’, like the snow shakers we all enjoyed as children.