Sacrilege, a huge inflatable Stonehenge replica, will briefly appear in London parks this summer.

A section of Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable model of Stonehenge conceived by Jeremy Deller Photo: Jeremy Deller

A section of Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable model of Stonehenge conceived by Jeremy Deller Photo: Jeremy Deller

As part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has created Sacrilege, a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge which has popped up unexpectedly in locations throughout the country. With the Olympics beginning shortly, the massive bouncy castle is now set to begin its brief tenure in London.

 First seen in Glasgow, the work is a co-commission between the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London, and has been supported by Creative Scotland and the Arts Council England.

Deller has described the work as “a way to get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off” and access to the bouncy castle will be free and open to people of all ages. Mayor of London Boris Johnson expounded on the broad range of people it is likely to appeal to, saying: “’You don’t have to be a specialist in ancient British history or an acolyte of the summer solstice ritual to be aware of the unending fascination that Stonehenge continues to inspire around the world. Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege is a wonderfully witty, quite literal leap into that history and a fantastic example of the irreverence that are hallmarks of our great British humour and our incomparable artists. I have no doubt it will be a great hit with Londoners as well as visitors to the capital.’

Although exact opening hours of the portable Stonehenge are unconfirmed a list of London opening dates and locations have been released and are listed below. Dates are subject to change so it is advisable to confirm before departure for the venue. For updated information on times and local weather conditions members of the public are asked to follow sacrilege on Twitter @Sacrilege2012.

Sacrilege tour dates (subject to change)

Sat July 21 – Sunday July 22
Central Park, Greenwich, London

Wednesday, July 25
King Edward VII Park, Brent, London

Saturday, July 28
Paddington Recreation Ground, Westminster, London

Sunday, July 29
Cheam Park, Sutton, London

Tuesday, July 31
Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith & Fulham, London

Wednesday, August 1
Hampstead Heath, Camden, London

Thursday, August 2
Clapham Common, Lambeth, London

Saturday, August 4
Burgess Park, Southwark, London

Sunday, August 5
Barra Hall Park, Hillingdon, London

Tuesday, August 7
East Ham Central Park, Newham, London

Thursday, August 9
Crystal Palace, Bromley, London

Friday, August 10
Alexandra Palace, Haringey, London

Saturday, August 11
Christchurch Green, Redbridge, London

Sunday, August 12
The Waterworks Nature Reserve, Lee Valley Park, Enfield, London


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