Lucky Spot, a crystal horse created by Stella McCartney has made an encore appearance at Belsay Hall Castle in Northumberland, England. The
“chandelier” exhibit (which is more like a curtain of crystals) was first installed in 2004.
This unique crystal horse is an ethereal creation formed from more than 8,000 Swarovski crystals that are suspended from the ceiling. The horse is nearly 10 feet tall (3 meters) McCartney was inspired to design the installation specifically for Belsay after visiting the historic location. Part of the beauty of the installation is the light that the crystals throw on the ancient stone floor and walls.
McCartney has said that Lucky Spot is a modern response to the famous painting Whistlejacket, by 18th Century artist George Stubbs. McCartney has been inspired by Stubbs in the past: her line of dresses for Chloe used images from his 1762 painting, ‘Horse attacked by a lion.”
But for McCartney, the use of horses in her work is also more personal. Her late mother, Linda, loved horses and the equine motifs that occur in McCartney’s work are a tribute to her mother.