Cupcake-henge: You know you want it!

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cupcakes and photo by tokyopop, with permission

It’s carbhenge, and you know you want it! But to get a taste of tokyopop’s yummy chocolate and strawberry cupcakes with candy Stonehenge, you would have had to be in her Art History class. We guess that these must have disappeared too soon for the sunset alignments to be checked!

Warning: do not click on tokyopop (Keri Chan)’s photostream link if you do not want to look at things like Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Pops, or Key Lime Pie Cupcakes, or Creme Brulee Birthday Pie, or an incredible-looking birthday cake with Domo Kun on top. There’s more like that. She’s a serious baker. You have been warned!

Food is distracting. Let’s think about henges. This is clearly a replica of Stonehenge as it is now, not as it was. Fallen stones abound and only short sequences of linteled stones remain in the circle. By the way, we see that Keri Chan lives just outside of Seattle, Washington. Of course.

Score: 5½. Cupcakes are a difficult medium, and tokyopop is the kind of person we like to keep on very friendly terms with. This is completely unrelated, Keri, but we have a birthday coming in early May. Ahem. 😉 Just sayin’.

Chocolate Henge and the Lizard People, Just as We Suspected!

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henge and photos by Jeremy Dennis, with permission

Another foodhenge–some chocolate to fortify you for the work week to come. This one was created by Jeremy Dennis–not one you know, but the female cartoonist in the U.K. She certainly seems to have a twisted enough sensibility to belong on Clonehenge!

chocohengeShe calls the above photo a bloody sacrifice (as in the PeepHenge photo* we mentioned before). It is clear to the practised eye, however, that we’re looking at a healing, in keeping with the new thought about Stonehenge’s purpose as a sort of lithic Lourdes.

skateboardsProof of this appears in the photo on the left, in which we see the subject from the slab in the first photo skateboarding happily around the left-hand caramel coconut sweet. Tellingly, there is no blood on the altar stone. These rasta druid skater dinos aren’t killers. They just want to work on their ollies and add to their tricktionaries!

Those who want to know more about this henge can see it here. As for scoring, well, we must say there’s something brilliant about this while also a little discomfiting, but that’s not always a bad thing in art. Score: 6½ druids. Skate on, dudes!

* see the gruesome last photo on this page. Viewer discretion is advised!

Butterhenge, Chicago

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installation and photo by David Prince, with permission

Some days you just feel like a foodhenge! Luckily we’ve run across a few good ones lately. Butterhenges are not an uncommon form, what with the rectangular prism shapes that butter comes in, and its presence in most homes, including those where alcohol is also present. But this is no ordinary butterhenge, standing in the grasses of a Chicago park!

The artist, David Prince, sent an explanation that is too long to quote in its entirety, but he says the sculptural work tries to relate the experiences of daily life to the larger histories of prehistoric, geologic, and cosmic time. “I’m also interested in exploring time as something that can appear linear, cyclical, and disjointed. . .Butterhenge is a humorous investigation into these scales of time.”  He goes on to say, “I chose Stonehenge because of its relationship to butter in shape, and also its history as an archeological artifact, and its longer history as a part of a geologic process. In relating these two objects the results are comical, but hopefully lead to questions about what it means to pass through a human life on a human scale , and to question what it means for humans to fit into a larger scope of history.

Fair enough. Probably that’s what a lot of these replicas are hinting at, although most builders never put it that way, even to themselves. It’s what makes this Clonehenge idea funny.  Score: 6½ druids. The words and the grass swayed us!

Challenge to readers: We would love to see a butter Stonehenge replica in which the butter was sculpted into Stonehenge-like shapes. See your henge featured on the prestigious Clonehenge blog! 😉

Baconhenge, Site of your Seasonal Celebration

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photo by Carol Squires for the Anticraft

This one’s a little messier than usual (especially if you add syrup), but it has made a play for the big time as few foodhenges have, even getting some attention on National Public Radio in the States, an interview (with the builder, not the henge) which you can hear at this link.

We are pleased with Carin Huber at the AntiCraft for beginning her Baconhenge page with this sentence: “Technically, a henge is actually an oval or circular earthwork, with a surrounding bank built up of the earth excavated from a ditch inside the bank.” She also uses words like trilithon and lintel, although technically there do not appear to be any trilithons in this model.

Carin says: “Let Baconhenge be the site of your seasonal celebration! Let bacon stand in for the sacrificed Year King, French toast for the Grain Goddess, the eggs in the frittata for the Cosmic Egg, and the vegetables for the bountiful Earth on which we live.” Lining it up with the sunrise is optional.

Score: Well, the recipe says it feeds 6 druids, so let’s go with that. We’re always glad to see interesting variations on the henging art!

Cheesehenge, non-virtual

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photo and henge by Kilaana, also see this one

Time for a foodhenge again. That the only cheesehenge we’ve posted so far was a virtual image is a situation that must be rectified, so we return to our henging friend Kilaana for her High Dynamic Range image of this Stonehenge of cheese. For her gardenhenge Kilaana hand cast the stones from cement. The cheese required less work, but she made up for it in the production of the photo.

Kilaana’s pictures make up 4/7 of the Cheesehenge Pool on Flickr, but on the web and apparently in the world, cheesehenges abound. They rank with straw and hay henges, blockhenges, boxhenges, beach stonehenges, cookie[biscuit]henges, and snowhenges (I know there are a few more), as the most frequently made–or at least posted–hengeworks.

As for scoring, we see in the other photos that Kilaana makes a point of placing a few trilithons in the middle of the linteled circle. And going to the trouble of merging three images just for a photo of a cheesehenge shows dedication that demands respect. Score: 6 druids for this yummy henge.

Peephenge–and PeepHenge

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photo and henge by deadeyebart a.k.a. Brett, with permission

When we started, we didn’t think there were enough Stonehenge replicas to last us more than a month, certainly not to go on until 2009. But here we are, well into January, with new henges cropping up all the time. People are wackier than we thought! Which is a good thing. Mostly.

But few are wackier than our friend the Mad Henger, deadeyebart. This peephenge is part of his henging oeuvre. We say “this peephenge” because, well, ta-da! [link] (Please to take note of what’s going on in the last picture on that page. Shocking! And they remembered the bluestones!) Mr. bart is not alone in his peephenginess. Those people at Lord of the Peeps are giving him a run for his marshmallow.

Still, there’s something about the simple structure above, with the bright colours on black. These peeps have an ancient weathered look, as if they have been marinating in light and time for millennia until now they are hiding the secrets of the ages. Yet they would probably still get hot and gooey after a few seconds in the microwave. What a treat!

All peeps are made at a factory a few miles from Clonehenge Headquarters (more peep truthiness here), but we don’t let that bias our sombre decisions. Score: 6 druids for being wacky and for reminding us of spring!

The Hengiest Biscuit

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Grainy photo taken in the heat of battle

The web page title screams, “Biscuithenge–the ultimate world record showdown,” and with that the contest for the world biscuit* henginess championship unfolds (with, in the author’s words, ‘the use of a very bad camera and a bottle of high quality booze,’ not hard to believe). It’s a short fun read, with Stonehenge itself quickly eliminated. “Stonehenge – The traditional favourite in the pagan pops was swiftly dismissed by the panel who described it as passe, inedible and overrun with tourists.”

To learn what manner of biscuit took the title by “embracing contemporary values and looking positively to the future, whilst upholding the majestic greatlitude and history befitting the henge tradition” take a look at the site. Four kinds of biscuits compete, each with its own henge picture, and with an unexpected victor. This had everything we look for in a henge page except, well, adequate photography.  Score: 8½ druids for the web page, awarded for keeping the right attitude in the henge wars!

*biscuit translates as ‘cookie’ in American

Cheese puff henge

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This is the picture that sparked the creation of Clonehenge, the cheese puff trilithons of California. According to the Los Angeles Times, this Stonehenge replica “constructed from cheese puffs was part of a 2003 art exhibit courtesy of the Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery on display at a shopping mall in Torrance, California.” Photo taken by John Ahr.

This article in the L. A. Times includes some great links, including one to this excellent article at Roadside America.com. The first three paragraphs express our thoughts on the subject pretty well. For example, “We figure that the ancient megaliths must emit an invisible energy field powerful enough to enslave sculptors, builders, and the odd guy with too much time on his hands.” Exactly. Is it related to the crop circle phenomenon or to the approach of 2012? Who knows, but ya gotta love it!

We hope to cover all of the henges mentioned in the above articles as this blog continues.

Points for using what would appear to be an impossible and completely inappropriate material. Score: 7 druids!

Sausage henge: the fun begins

Of course, a lot of Stonehenge replicas are made of less realistic materials. Well known examples, ones we will get to, include Carhenge and Fridgehenge and Banksy’s famous henge built of portable toilets, but the henge replicas of the people, so to speak, are the food henges.

Any food will do, it seems. Here is a simple example, a sausage henge, complete with spaghetti-os.

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from the BBC

Not accurate or especially good looking, but this one gets extra points for using round lintels, which is touchy, and for sheer audacity!

Score: seven druids!