Stella McCartney's Lucky Spot gallops back to Belsay

DESIGNER Stella McCartney's stunning chandelier in the form of a huge leaping horse returns home to Belsay this Easter.

Made with over 8,000 Swarovski crystals, Lucky Spot will once more hang from the ceiling of Belsay's medieval castle and will be a spectacular addition to this magnificent Northumberland property, with its ruined castle, Regency mansion and Grade I gardens.

Lucky Spot was originally created by Stella McCartney in 2004 as part of 'Fashion at Belsay', one in the on-going series of contemporary art exhibitions staged at Belsay.

Intended as a response to George Stubbs' famous equestrian painting, Whistlejacket (c.1762), the three metre high equine chandelier proved such a popular hit with the public that English Heritage was determined to bring it back.

A generous grant from Castle Morpeth Borough Council has now made this possible and Lucky Spot will provide a sparkling centrepiece for a series of family events over Easter and throughout the summer, as well as a taster of the next contemporary art exhibition at Belsay in summer 2010.

Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said: "Belsay's 14th century castle is a wonderfully atmospheric setting for Stella McCartney's remarkable prancing horse. It shows how ancient and modern can sometimes create an extraordinary effect at once ghostly and glorious."

At present, Lucky Spot is being painstakingly installed ahead of its Easter unveiling. Each strand of crystals has to be hung individually from the castle's rafters and the strands are numbered to ensure that, when complete, the overall form is in the shape of a horse.

Speaking while Lucky Spot was installed, Councillor Glen Sanderson, Chair of Castle Morpeth Borough Council's Community Fund, said: "Lucky Spot is a stunning installation and we are delighted to be able to assist English Heritage in bringing it back to Castle Morpeth.

"The historic setting of Belsay provides a wonderful backdrop for the striking chandelier and I was honoured to be invited to see it reinstalled."

Lucky Spot will be on view from Friday, 10 April and remain at Belsay until spring 2010 when preparations will start for the next contemporary summer exhibition.

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