Stonehenge in the Water, Cumbria

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photo by skittzitilby, with permission

We’ve said before that there are many Stonehenges made of small stones out there, and we just want to post a few of the best. We find this one charming, not only for its delicate form and the photo’s deep colours. It  has a story.

Skittzitilby says, “it was made for me by my fella when he came up from the Bristol area after living 30+years of his life down there—-it was his romantic present to me showing me he loves it so much up here in Cumbria with me that he made me my own.” It looks like Skittzitilby has a pretty nice set of trilithons!

We can’t help but think this is a great precedent–showing one’s love by building a Stonehenge replica for the beloved. Maybe it will catch on! A man could try to charm a woman (or vice versa, or men charm men or women charm women–we are an equal opportunity blog!) by building an especially elaborate or meticulously correct model, depending on the other’s preferences. “What kind of Stonehenge did he (or she) build you?” people would ask one another. Or couples could build them together making distinctive replicas that would demonstrate by the ways they were unique, the personality of the couple!

Many possibilities! Score for the Stonehenge of Love, 6½ druids. More love and more replicas, people. But if it has to be just one, then, okay: make more love!

Pittsburgh’s Foxhenge: Stone Garden Replica

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photo from last August’s Pittsburgh Magazine

We know the word Foxhenge sounds exciting, but think about it–how would you keep the foxes still?! This one is called Foxhenge, jokingly, because it is in a garden called Fox Chapel, built by Stephen and Kathleen Guinn. The article says, “the circle is composed of seven uprights, two of which are connected by a lintel to form a gateway.” A trilithon.

We’re not sure of the trilithon’s size, but we’re pretty sure this part of the article is true:  “While Stonehenge was surely an engineering feat in its time, the invention of the backhoe made Foxhenge somewhat less labor-intensive.” That is, unless it turns out Merlin did transport the sarsens magically!

ornament_foxhenge3The “henge” includes five other uprights. We include it to show that you can incorporate Stonehenge-like elements in your garden without being too literal about it. It’s not a real Stonehenge replica, but it certainly looks like a cool, peaceful place to be on a hot summer day.

Score: only 4½ as a Stonehenge replica. But we’re hoping we’ll see more garden megaliths as time goes on. We would also like to mention the Columcille Megalith Park near Bangor, Pennsylvania. Their beautiful megaliths are truly mega, including a wonderful trilithon, although it’s not a Stonehenge replica. A post on that will have to wait until the truer replicas run out–no time soon, it seems!

Sponge Sculpture Stonehenge

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piece of  the HIT Entertainment web page on Sponge Sculptures

Found this bit and had to pass it on. Click on the link above or the picture to see full instructions on how to do sponge sculptures. We agree with them: if you’re learning sculpture, why wouldn’t it be Stonehenge or and Easter Island head you started out with? Or preferably both!

It’s a nice little model they have there. We would give it 6 druids  at first glance. After all, doesn’t everyone want a Spongehenge?! If you decide to make one, please keep us in mind! Hint: how about rainbow colours?

Earthline Quarry Stonehenge, Barbury Horse Trials

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photo from the promotional site of Barbury International

This structure was created for the horse trials at Barbury Castle, Marlborough. It’s not clear whether they are permanent or, more likely, put up just for the trials each year. It’s an odd one, with elements of Stonehenge and Avebury, presumably to create a number of challenges for the horses and riders competing there, not that we know much about the horse world.

Interesting to see a Stonehenge replica crop up in something connected with sport. It has been suggested that the original could have been a sports field of some sort, usually by people who have downed a few with friends! Stonehenge certainly lends a touch of class to any endeavor. Score: 5½ druids.

Posting may be sparse in the week coming up, as it looks to be a busy one in real life. In the meantime, if we have any readers near Cheswardine, U.K., Springhill Gardens in California, or any astronomical museum, planetarium, or observatory (we might name museums in Cincinatti and Boston, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the Granada Science Park in Spain, and French Camp, Mississippi), your help in acquiring pictures of their Stonehenge replicas would be greatly appreciated! We know they’re out there, but we just can’t get at them. We ask you, gentle readers, to give us a hand!

Former Fountain Henge, Warwick Uni, England

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photo by Nick Howes, aka Jimmy Dustpan, with permission

The photographer’s explanation is that it was a fountain originally, “But since the water stopped it became just been a rather sad pile of rocks. As it’s a University campus it was only a matter of time before some students decided to repurpose it as a mini Stonehenge.” Interestingly put: ” . . . it was only a matter of time“? How many people would see it that way, besides us?

Look at it. The Stonehenge someone builds shows what Stonehenge is to him, and who he is. Sam Hill created a monument to soldiers. The astronomer builds an observatory. The clockmaker builds a timepiece. The artist makes a sculpture. The engineer grapples with method. The Stonehenge-obsessed creates a meticulous model. The gardener makes a folly. The pagan crafts a ritual space. The playful person creates a whimsy. Spinal Tap fans make little trilithons. Ahem. And so on.

That’s the reason for this blog. By looking at these replicas, we get a glimpse of what Stonehenge looks like to, or what it represents to, their creators. The answer to the question, “what is it about Stonehenge that has such a hold on people?” begins to look like “many things!” As with a Rorschach inkblot test, what we see in Stonehenge arises from who we are, and like a lake it draws our attention with its reflective quality.

Score: 5 druids. More proof that Stonehenge is a creature that reproduces by infecting minds!

Stonehenge at the Commonwealth Museum, Massachusetts

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photos from the Commonwealth Museum website

Once again, perseverance pays off. We saw a picture of this months ago and  couldn’t find it until a search for Stonehenges at museums (there are plenty but few pictures!) turned  it up. bostonIt’s hard to make out the entire construction. The single trilithon is accompanied by what appears to be a rectangular space enclosed with low standing stones. The site says: “You can tent Stonehenge and barbecue inside.” Now there’s a money-making scheme that English Heritage hasn’t tried. To our knowledge. One can just imagine an American celebrity wedding taking place in a tented-over Stonehenge. If only it weren’t so close to the A303!

boston2Our Boston replica, however, has the advantage of an ocean view. Looks like a lovely place to spend an hour or two, but is it a Stonehenge replica? It is another example, like Stroudhenge and the California sculpture-which must-never-be-named, of a sculpture known as Stonehenge and not a true replica.

It does have a megalithic look, as of a collapsed chambered tomb with a trilithon entrance. Not a true replica, but you can bet we’ll visit on our next Boston trip! Score: 5 ½ druids. About time Massachusetts gets on the Large Permanent list!

Stonehenge in Other Worlds

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from a Geeks3d.com discussion of a virtual world development platform

With our April Fool’s Day post out of the way, we arrive at our 150th post. Unremarkable to you, perhaps, but when we started this folly we doubted we would make it to 40 before running out of replicas. Ha! And may we repeat, ha! At any rate, today we would like to address a different kind of Stonehenge replica than usual, the replica in a virtual world.

2382101391_7c8a794ef6In Second Life, for example, we are told there is a Stonehenge near a castle (thumbnail at left by Jocgart). In other virtual worlds there are other virtual Stonehenges. A game called Hellgate: London had a Stonehenge with a different, darker look as you see in the photo below,  from the blog Pumping Irony.

hgl-stonehenge-0011Interesting how the virtual replicas vary just as the real ones do, in color, shapes of and numbers of stones, the condition of the Stonehenge according to age. (Click on the photo at left or the thumbnails to see a larger version and its posting page.)

Below is another, which  may also be from Second Life, photo by Toady. These virtual Stonehenges may capture, even better tha384448063_f62e7e9eccn real life replicas, meanings that Stonehenge has for people, its place in our psyches, individual and collective. Place of magic, place of battle, place of power, place of joy. It seems that as we recreate Stonehenge, we recreate some hidden powerful place in our imaginations, and no world we create can be complete without it!

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News Just In

In a surprise move that is nevertheless not all that surprising, English Heritage announced today that Stonehenge and the surrounding landscape are to be sold to the U.S. amusement park corporation Six Flags Over Texas, who will take over the handling of the increasing tourist load and work to make the site “more exciting, accessible and user-friendly.” More here.