Stonehenge coming to Milton Keynes

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For one day only, Britain’s best known ancient landmark – Stonehenge – arrives in Milton Keynes, one of Britain’s newest cities.

Sacrilege by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller comes to Fishermead in Milton Keynes on Friday, July 20, as part of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2012.

Sacrilege is a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on, created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. It will be located between Pencarrow Place and Pentewan Gate in Fishermead, just behind Xscape in Central Milton Keynes on Friday 20 July 2012 from 10.30am to 6pm.

Sacrilege is lots of fun and very playful. It’s aimed at all and 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!”

A surprise pop-up addition to the Festival’s programme, Monica Ferguson, Director of IF: 2012 said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that we are bringing Sacrilege to Milton Keynes as part of the Festival’s opening day. Jeremy Deller is one of the UK’s leading artists, famed for his thought-provoking but always accessible work, often underpinned by a sense of humour. Sacrilege is a free event for people of all ages - and a light-hearted way to think about one of the UK’s most iconic historic monuments with the added twist of having it located in one of the country’s newest cities. We hope that lots of people will come along and enjoy the chance to have a bounce on Stonehenge!”

Sacrilege is a co-commission between the Mayor of London and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. The work was enormously popular when it appeared in Glasgow earlier this year, supported by Creative Scotland. With support from Arts Council England it will now be touring around the country as part of the London 2012 Festival. In London, Sacrilege is being presented by the Mayor of London and the London 2012 Festival as part of Surprises, which sees new work suddenly appearing at different locations.

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. With thanks to Arts Council England and the Mayor’s office this work will travel around the UK and London, popping up to delight London 2012 Festival audiences throughout the summer.”

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “Deller’s playful and irreverent work is bound to capture the hearts, minds and inner-child of people across the country, and I’m delighted the Arts Council has been able to help make this fun-filled tour happen. Sacrilege pleasing the crowds once more marks the start of a summer that I hope will be remembered as much for the excitement of its cultural experiences as for its sporting victories.”

Sacrilege will be located between Pencarrow Place and Pentewan Gate in Fishermead, just behind Xscape in Central Milton Keynes, MK6 2JA on Friday 20 July from 10.30am to 6pm. This is a free event and groups are welcome.

www.ifmiltonkeynes.org