Anyone who has visited Stonehenge has bemoaned the fact that no one is actually allowed to wander inside the prehistoric monument, but thanks to Jeremy Deller’s “Sacrilege” the public, young and old, is invited to throw themselves among its mysterious obelisks and columns. The bouncy toy version of Stonehenge is inflating around the U.K. until September as part of the London 2012 Festival, held in conjunction with the Olympic Games.
The replica was made by Deller at full-scale using the same techniques employed in carnival play castles, and whenever it’s inflated the artist makes sure to position it with the same orientation as the actual Stonehenge, he told the Telegraph. “Sacrilege” will be in London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, bringing jumpers into contact with one of the country’s most recognizable (but untouchable) icons.
Deller received the Tate’s Turner Prize in 2004, honoring him for work that included public events like a recreation of the bloody 1984 Battle of Orgreave and “Memory Bucket,” a film on places of conflict in Texas, particularly Waco and Crawford, the one-time home of former U.S. President George W. Bush. By bringing the now off-limits site of druidic ritual into London’s Olympic celebrations, Deller extends his subversive edge.
“Sacrilege” tour dates:
20 July – Fishermead, Milton Keynes
21/22 July – Greenwich, London
25 July – Brent, London
28 July – Westminster, London
29 July – Sutton, London
31 July – Ravenscourt Park, London
1 August – Hampstead Heath, London
2 August – Clapham Common, London
4 August – Southwark, London
5 August – HIllingdon, London
7 August – Newham, London
9 August – Crystal Palace, London
10 August – Alexandra Palace, London
11 August – Christchurch Green, London
12 August – Lee Valley Park, London
18 August – College Green, Bristol
26 August – Belfast
9 September – Preston
— Allison Meier
(Photo via @Sacrilege2012)