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I Love Durham

Jacques Rival (France)

Market Place

A giant glittering snow globe brings the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry galloping into the 21st Century

A public statue of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, known to generations in Durham as ‘the man on the horse’, is no stranger to controversy.  An Eton-educated MP and Lord-Lieutenant of the county, he was considered a brutal oppressor of the miners employed in his pits.  More recently, his statue was the subject of local debate over whether it should be removed or moved. An original commission for Durham in 2011, the snow globe makes a spectacular return to Market Place. The Marquess is transformed into a larger-than-life figurine, adorned with the pink neon words, ‘I Love Durham’. Watch as ‘the man on the horse’ disappears in a billowing blizzard, just like the snow globes many of us enjoyed as children.

Bringing the snow globe back

In 2011 following Lumiere, the snow globe was locked away in storage and tragically damaged as a result of a break in, meaning that resurrecting this colossal artwork was an equally enormous challenge.

About Jacques Rival

Jacques Rival is a French artist and architect whose surprising urban designs and installations have charmed visitors in cities across Europe. His works often reimagine outdated household objects with a sprinkle of quirky humour, encouraging people to reconnect with the simplicity of childhood. He’s regularly participated in the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France with installations including Love Lyon, New Tone and Golden Hours. Mammuthus Volantes Strasbourg, Everything is fine, Metz

Jacques has also created permanent urban artworks including I.F.O (2011), a giant neon birdcage in Kings Cross as part of the RELAY programme and Lumiere London.

Accessibility information

Market Place: The surfaces within the Market Place are mainly level, paved and free from kerbs. There is a slight incline from St Nicholas Church towards the statue.  There is a level change of 3 steps around the statue at the exit from the Market Place onto Silver Street but there are alternative routes using the gentle slope either side.  There is a mixture of fixed stone and wood seating which are low level, some with arm rests.

Saddler Street: There are 14 steps at the junction with Saddler Street, the steps have handrails to the centre and side. There is alternative sloped access (very steep) to the side of the steps which leads onto Saddler Street between the Market Place and Palace Green.  Saddler Street has a steep incline on the approach to North Bailey and Palace Green. The surface is paved and cobbled with narrow paved footpaths.

Silver Street: Surfaces are a mix of cobbles and flagstones. The street is a very steep incline from Framwelgate Bridge into the Market Place with no seats along the route.

Artwork description: Large-scale installation with internal moving elements, and LED and neon light.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

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