Stonehenge goes on tour – ‘Sacrilege’ coming to Newry
With just over a week to go to the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, ‘Sacrilege’, the life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, is coming to Frank Curran Park, Newry on Tuesday 28th August as part of a tour that will see it travel to over 30 locations across the UK.
A co-commission between Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London, the work was enormously popular when, supported by Creative Scotland, it appeared in Glasgow earlier this year. With support from the 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 in Frank Curran Park is expected to attract a lot of local interest, adding to the excitement of London hosting the 2012 Games. It is also a light-hearted way for people to think about one of the UK’s most iconic historic monuments.
Jeremy Deller said: “A lot of my work deals with history, and Sacrilege is no exception, this is a way to get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off.”
John McArdle, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council said, “I am delighted that this iconic inflatable is coming to Newry and I hope all children, young and old, will come along to Frank Curran Park and join in the festivities to celebrate the 2012 Paralympics.”
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London2012 Festival, said: “Jeremy Deller’s life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge 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.”
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