Inflatable Stonehenge hits borough

Louise Davey, ten, of Cantley, trades knowledge for sweets with Nadia Emam, of The Slung Low Theatre Company.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2356LM
Louise Davey, ten, of Cantley, trades knowledge for sweets with Nadia Emam, of The Slung Low Theatre Company. Picture: Liz Mockler D2356LM

A LIFE-SIZED replica of Stonehenge will have Doncaster families walking on air this weekend as the cultural celebrations of the Olympic Games comes to town.

Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller created the 20ft high bouncy version of the mysterious monument and it will take pride of place at Bentley Park on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

The visiting artwork called Sacrilege will form part of the London 2012 Festival along with the mysterious Knowledge Emporium, which will be outside the Frenchgate Centre until Saturday.

Joan Beck, Doncaster Council’s director of Adults and Communities, said: “The life-sized inflatable model of Stonehenge celebrates our ancient Britain, is going to be great fun and it’s free so we all need to head to Bentley Park and enjoy the experience.

“The Knowledge Emporium is a fascinating concept. In return for sharing an interesting fact or story we can help ourselves to traditional sweets which will take many of us back to the good old days when jars of sweets lined the shelves of sweet shops. It is a great opportunity for our communities to get involved and at the end of the week we can see these thoughts turned into a live performance.”

Leeds-based arts group Slung Low will be performing outside the Emporium at 4pm on Saturday, to showcase all of the material from poems, to recipes to stories they have collected from visiting residents throughout the week.

Both Sacrilege and the Emporium are being brought to Doncaster as part of a partnership between London 2012 and Doncaster Performance Venue Trust and Doncaster Council.

For further information, visit www.london2012.com/festival.