It is Not Stonehenge


They do say that imitation is the best form of flattery …….and I guess that there are several similarities between this Sculptural installation and the mighty Neolithic Stonehenge.  Both stone circles can be found in Wiltshire and the one above is not that many miles away from the original, but it is there that the  similarity ends.

Not to say that the above Circle is not either attractive or important.  This installation can be found at the appropriately named Heavens Gate overlooking Longleat House and Park with its expansive views over Wiltshire.  Over the generations the various Marquise of Bath, who’s home is Longleat, have aspired to add something of value to the estate… leave their own mark so to speak…… and this is one of the most recent additions.  It consists of a number of standing stone pillars guarding a centre piece of a Slate circle.

Much as I admire this sculpture in its unique and magnificent setting, I cannot see it standing for as many millennia as Stonehenge….in fact I suspect Stonehenge will still be standing proud when its modern equivalent is long gone.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2016



10 thoughts on “It is Not Stonehenge

  1. This is amazing. Thank you dear David, it really gives the same feeling as in the Wiltshire… I have visited there for a few years ago. Have a nice day, Love, nia

  2. I think you’re right! In the old days ‘costs’ were not considerated. Besides they had underpaid slaves to do that kind of work! Today everything comes with a price tag.

  3. I did watch the documentaries about Stone Henge, David. Very interesting. Many tribes gathered for a period in the neighbourhood of Stone Henge and when the men were busy moving the stones to the site and than place the stones, the women were on about they normal daily tasks. At the end there must have been a procession of a couple of thousand people over a wide avenue towards the new Henge of Stone. The documentaries were very interesting. ANd not long ago they discovered several other sacred places around Stone Henge. I think you are right that these ‘new builds’ will not last that long as Stone Henge does. 🙂

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