Plastic Stonehenge – Sacrilege?

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Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller will be creating a plastic version of the iconic prehistoric monument Stonehenge as part of Glasgow’s International Festival of the Visual Arts.

The work, entitled “Sacrilege”, will be revealed on Glasgow Green later this week. After the exhibition, which runs from 20 April to 7 May, it will be moved to London for display during the Olympic Games. This will echo a visit of the Olympic Flame to the real Stonehenge during its progress round the country. Sacrilege will be Deller’s first major public project in Scotland.

Unlike the real Stonehenge, the public will enjoy unrestricted access to Deller’s plastic version. It was possible to walk among and even climb on the standing stones on Salisbury Plain until 1977, when they were roped off to counter serious erosion – a decision that provoked protests.

Deller comments: “The public can go on [Sacrilege], as it were. The public can interact with it. It’s a big public thing in a public place. … It’s meant to be a celebratory thing. … Hopefully people will respond to it in a Glaswegian manner.”

In 2010, Deller was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce for “creating art that encourages public responses and creativity”.

Archaeologists believe Stonehenge was erected between 3000BC and 2000BC. It is part of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the UK.