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July 29, 2012 9:25 AM   Subscribe

UK Artist Jeremy Deller has recreated Stonehenge as a "...life-size replica...made as a fully operational bouncy castle" for the Olympics.

Jeremy Deller semi previously and also mentioned here for his work on/with Acid Brass.
posted by bibliogrrl (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm glad the fabricator got the scale right, at least.
posted by 7segment at 9:29 AM on July 29, 2012 [10 favorites]


Fuck the napkin.
posted by phaedon at 9:31 AM on July 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


The druids would be proud.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:37 AM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


How odd that I can't find a previous post for this. I could have sworn I saw it here already a couple of months ago.

Either way, it's a great thing, and I totally want to hire it out for a party I have coming up.
posted by hippybear at 9:40 AM on July 29, 2012


Between this and all that prancing about on Glastonbury Tor, I really want to hear what the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids -- who host religious ceremonies on the Tor every year -- thinks about all this.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 9:42 AM on July 29, 2012


Is this for sale? I have very practical uses in mind for this.
posted by mochapickle at 9:44 AM on July 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


That's it. Shut down Rio. London wins the Olmpics forever.
posted by Etrigan at 9:49 AM on July 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Something doesn't feel right about this.
posted by cmoj at 9:54 AM on July 29, 2012


“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.”

― Harold Pinter
posted by JimmyJames at 9:58 AM on July 29, 2012


What do droids have to do with Stonehenge?
posted by The Deej at 10:02 AM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't get Stonehenge. I mean, I'm sure it'll be nice when it's finished, but it looks like there's a ways to go yet.
posted by GeorgeBickham at 10:04 AM on July 29, 2012


I just want to give a shout-out to Foamhenge.
posted by me & my monkey at 10:34 AM on July 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Okay, that's great.
posted by rmd1023 at 11:08 AM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I spent part of my childhood very near Stonehenge -- a half hour from it along A36. When I first started going, it was wide open, but, for some reason it was vandalized and closed off from the public.

As a result, I try to make it a habit to go to recreations of Stonehenge whenever possible. Here are a few of my favorites:

Nebraska's Carhenge, made out of old automobiles.

Stonehenge II in Hunt, Texas.

Phonehenge at Freestyle Music Park in South Carolina.

There's actually a whole blog about this phenomenon called Clonehenge. I hope they visit the yumper version.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:25 AM on July 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


The Deej: Something doesn't feel right about this.

It's titled Sacrilege, what did you expect?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 11:39 AM on July 29, 2012


The bouncyhouse is cool, but that clonehenge link made my day. Thank you.
posted by small_ruminant at 11:47 AM on July 29, 2012


obligatory
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:02 PM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Do the Vatican next!
posted by zinful at 12:02 PM on July 29, 2012


I totally forgot to stick this in there.
posted by bibliogrrl at 12:17 PM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Duplicate Stonehenge. The closer we get to this future, the better.
posted by dhartung at 12:29 PM on July 29, 2012


As a result, I try to make it a habit to go to recreations of Stonehenge whenever possible.

Well, here's one to add to your list. Maryhill Museum, along the Columbia River in southern Washington state.
posted by hippybear at 12:33 PM on July 29, 2012


Deller is a really interesting artist, there was a good Culture Show Special on him earlier in the year. Clip about Acid Brass.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:02 PM on July 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


When do they do the sacrifices with the rubber knives?

Stonehenge II has a completely different feel from the one in Maryhill. Anyone--if you've been there, can you immediately tell the difference between the two real stones and the plaster on wire?

There is a miniature henge below Bogus Basin near Boise, Idaho, that I found while riding cross country one day. I wish I'd had a camera to get a picture of it. Not sure if I could find it again, as it wasn't in a particularly memorable spot and fairly isolated. It's been a few years--no doubt there's a four lane highway and trash all over by now. :(
posted by BlueHorse at 1:31 PM on July 29, 2012


it was in glasgow briefly a few months back for their yearly art thing. Mrs. Jonbro went there and said it was one of her favorite pieces there. The fact that it is made by the guy that did acid brass makes it even better.
posted by jonbro at 1:33 PM on July 29, 2012


The Deej: Something doesn't feel right about this.
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It's titled Sacrilege, what did you expect?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 11:39 AM on July 29


I didn't say that. Must be my week to be misidentified.
posted by The Deej at 1:37 PM on July 29, 2012


Don't want to be pedantic, but Deller didn't create this for the Olympics. It's been on tour for a few weeks across the UK and was first seen across the road from my flat as part of the Glasgow international festival of visual art.
posted by cincinnatus c at 2:06 PM on July 29, 2012




That's the second most impressive henge I've ever seen.
posted by dephlogisticated at 2:46 PM on July 29, 2012


I just want to give a shout-out to Foamhenge.
posted by me & my monkey at 1:34 PM on July 29 [2 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


Was just there for the first time a few hours ago!
posted by atomicstone at 5:27 PM on July 29, 2012


I wish I were going to England this year, because I would be all over this. So cool!
posted by mogget at 8:48 PM on July 29, 2012


Thanks so much for the link to Clonehenge, Bunny! I've been to two of the replicas (Hunt, Texas and Maryhill, Washington) and the original. That site is right up my alley.
posted by deborah at 12:21 AM on July 30, 2012


There seems to be a generational divide where people my age call these things a moonbounce, but younger folks call them bouncy castles.

My theory is that growing up in the 70s & early 80s, astronauts had recently walked on the moon and we were still in a forward-looking era. The kids who grew up post-Reagonomics in the era of anti-science and neo-feudalism didn't see the moon as something to shoot for. And so the bouncy castle was born.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:26 PM on July 31, 2012


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