THE original is a sacred and prehistoric monument – possibly the most famous in the world.
But a new version of Stonehenge is bound to create a lot of interest when it arrives in West Yorkshire next week – not least from would-be ‘bouncers’.
They will be able to take part in a monumental day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) when a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on is set up.
The real Stonehenge, near Salisbury, dates back more than 2,500 years and includes towering stones called sarsens, standing more than 4m tall and weighing 25 tonnes.
It is a sacred place especially for Druids and last month was visited by thousands for the Summer Solstice.
The one-off, day-long interactive work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, called Sacrilege, will be at the Sculpture Park on Wednesday, July 11 from 12pm to 6pm.
And that work, made of rubber and foam, also includes towering “stones” albeit a lot safer than the real thing.
Sacrilege will appear at the park, the only venue in Yorkshire to host the exciting artwork, as part of a national tour. The park is also one of few venues outside London where visitors can experience the free touring exhibition.
‘Bouncers’ are also being encouraged to download free Druid Beards from the Sacrilege website – www.sacrilege2012.co.uk – colour them in and arrive in druid fancy dress.
Sacrilege is a co-commission between Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London. With support from Arts Council England it is now travelling around the country as part of the nationwide London 2012 Festival.
Deller’s Sacrilege is aimed at people of all ages and its appearance at YSP is part of the excitement of the country hosting the 2012 Games.
Deller said: “A lot of my work deals with history, and Sacrilege is no exception. This is a way to get re-acquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off.”
Clare Lilley, director of programme at YSP, said: “Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller is characteristic of his on-going exploration of contemporary culture in all its forms.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sacrilege to YSP this July and hope our visitors will enjoy this irreverent and playful work in a truly memorable experience.”
Ruth Mackenzie, director, London2012 Festival, said: “Jeremy Deller’s life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge popping up in Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be a fantastic event for the London 2012 Festival in the region.
“The work embodies many of the values of the London 2012 Festival – it is a once in lifetime event, it is a remarkable piece of art by a world renowned artist, and it is free for everyone to enjoy.”