Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | July 11, 2012

Mysterious Fiery Engines at Stonehenge

From the BBC website:

Stonehenge has been transformed into a “glowing fairytale environment” to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As the sun set, the World Heritage site was being lit up with fire sculptures, candle-lit paths and the ancient stones illuminated.

The “Fire Garden”, which runs for three consecutive nights, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse.

The event is part of London 2012 Festival, a three-month cultural celebration.

Organised by the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the “atmospheric feast for the senses” includes “mysterious fiery engines”, flaming fire pots and “cascades of candles”.

The arts group, which has staged installations across Europe, said visitors would “pass between concentric circles of flames” and “huge fire balls”.

“They have been setting up since Friday,” said Maria Bota, the festival’s director.

“And they have responded to the site and created this especially for Stonehenge.

“They’ve incorporated the points of the compass, the shadows on the stones and the sense of many souls departing.”

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “Stonehenge has been a place of celebration for thousands of years so it is fitting that it plays a role in this major cultural celebration.”


Responses

  1. Hello, I am an Ovate

    Chinese have miraculous soups for everything : cold or hot type, liver, heart, lung … etc. Nothing is really proven and it’s just belief but it’s a healthy attitude which help them to feel better and comfort their belief in the greatness of the Chinese civilization. Eat everyday a Yogurt because milk is good for health and it’s link to our mother Brigid reminding us that the Celtic community is healthy. If you have cholesterol, add one apple.

  2. I have mixed feelings about this, I am happy that Stonehenge is being used as part of a modern cultural celebration, but ‘being used’ and being abused as part of a modern cultural celebration may be a closer to my feelings about it.
    I also hope this French company ( why not a British one) will take exceptional care not to damage the monument and I will have Stonehenge in my thoughts whilst this Fire Garden is taking place.

  3. What a fantastic idea !! I would love to see how it looks, it must be so magical !!
    Have a great day.


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