From September 16, 2023 to September 15, 2024, the Mining Historical Centre welcomes Gravity Road, a monumental work by artist Jesse Darling.

Gravity Road, refers to a section of sloping railway used to transport coal from mines, built in Pennsylvania in 1827, which would become a real attraction, a precursor to the modern roller coaster. In 2020, Jesse Darling creates an eponymous, dysfunctional, broken-down roller coaster sculpture that becomes an anti-monument to a modernity celebrating progress, acceleration and mastery but also producing violence – a relic of a machine to happiness whose entertainment value lies in stimulating feelings of fear.

On December 6, 2023, artist Jesse Darling received the Turner Prize, a prestigious award given to an avant-garde contemporary artist under the age of 50, born or based in the United Kingdom, for his solo exhibitions « No Medals, No Ribbons » at the Modern Art Oxford and « Enclosures » at the Camden Art Center.

This exhibition is presented with the Triennale Art & Industrie 2023 – Dunkerque / Hauts-de-France.