- Jeremy Deller's 'Sacrilege'
- 4 July 2012, 10.00am to 6.00pm
- Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea
Stonehenge goes on tour – 'Sacrilege' by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller comes to Southend-on-Sea as part of the 2012 celebrations.
With just over a month to go to the start of the London 2012 Olympic and 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 Southend-on-Sea on 4 July as part of a tour that will see it travel to twenty-five locations across the country.
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 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 Southend is expected to attract a lot of local interest, adding to the excitement of the country hosting the 2012 Games. It is also light-hearted
way for people to think about one of the UK's most iconic historic monuments.
Deller has 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.'
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, London2012 Festival, said: 'Jeremy Deller’s life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge popping up in National Botanic Garden in Carmarthenshire will be a fantastic opening event for the London 2012 Festival in Wales. The work 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.'
As Sacrilege moves across the country the growing tribe of followers is being encouraged to 'offer their images to the gods' by uploading
photos of themselves on the installation onto Flickr to create gigantic on-line clan. To check opening times and local weather conditions for each venue, members of the public should follow Sacrilege on Twitter to receive updates direct from the heavens @Sacrilege2012.
'Bouncers' are being encouraged to download free ‘Druid Beards’ from the Sacrilege website – www.sacrilege2012.co.uk colour them in and arrive in druid fancy dress.
The first venue on this nomadic tour of the UK is the National Botanic Garden of Wales in west Wales, where the inflatable monument will appear on 21 June, marking the first day of the London 2012 Festival. The transient monument will also travel to Redruth; Exeter; Marlborough; Peterborough; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Gateshead; Milton Keynes; Bristol; and Belfast. It will also appear at fourteen locations in different boroughs across London. Its final appearance will be at the North West’s closing celebration, WE PLAY Expo at Preston guild 2012 on 9 September, the last day of the Paralympic Games and London 2012
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.'
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.
A full list of tour venues follows:
Thursday 21 June
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Sunday 24 June
Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall
Tuesday 26 June
Belmont Park, Exeter
Friday 29 June
Marlborough Common, Wiltshire
Wednesday 4 July
Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea
Saturday 7 July
Flag Fen, Peterborough
Wednesday 11 July
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Sunday 15 July
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Friday 20 July
Fishermead, Milton Keynes
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July
Central Park, Greenwich, London
Wednesday 25 July
King Edward VII Park, Brent, London
Saturday 28 July
Paddington Recreation Ground, Westminster, London
Sunday 29 July
Cheam Park, Sutton, London
Tuesday 31 July
Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith & Fulham, London
Wednesday 1 August
Hampstead Heath, Camden, London
Thursday 2 August
Clapham Common, Lambeth, London
Saturday 4 August
Burgess Park, Southwark, London
Sunday 5 August
Barra Hall Park, Hillingdon, London
Tuesday 7 August
East Ham Central Park, Newham, London
Thursday 9 August
Crystal Palace, Bromley, London
Friday 10 August
Alexandra Palace, Haringey, London
Saturday 11 August
Christchurch Green, Redbridge, London
Sunday 12 August
The Waterworks Nature Reserve, Lee Valley Park, Enfield, London
Saturday 18 August
College Green, Bristol
Sunday 26 August
Grove Playing Fields, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sunday 9 September
Preston Guild, Frenchwood Recreation Ground, Preston