The ancient and mysterious Stonehenge, in the plains of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England, is arguably one of the most famous monuments in the world, inspiring modern builders to erect replica monuments in hundreds of the sites all over the world. Some are accurate scale-down or 1:1 models, while others are derivatives of the original structure with the sculptor adding their own touch to the design. Some are made of concrete, steel or granite, others are made of bamboos and foam. Some are permanent structures that have become attractions in their own right, others are temporary installation made during a festival. Some bear little resemblance to the original monument. Here are some of the strangest imitation of England’s famous Druidic circle.
Carhenge is located near the city of Alliance, Nebraska, on the High Plains region of the United States. It consist of 39 vintage American cars arranged in a circle and partially buried to keep them upright. Arches were created by welding more cars atop the erect ones. The entire structure is spray painted with a shade of gray to mimic the color of stone. The idea was conceived in 1987 by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father.
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Foamhenge is a full size replica built of Styrofoam and locatred in the town of Natural Bridge, in Virginia, USA. Its creator, Mark Cline, took great pains to shape each ‘stone’ to its original shape, fact-checking his designs and measurements with the man who gives tours of Stonehenge in England. Each block is set into a hole in the ground, reinforced by a steel pipe that goes through the block. The pipe is anchored to the ground with cement. Each stone is placed in astronomically correct position. Read more about the Foamhenge.
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Boathenge is located on the ground at the Coopers Landing campground near Easley, in Missouri, and is comprised of six boats standing erect.
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Phonehenge, made of British phone boxes, once stood on the rock-and-roll themed amusement park called the Freestyle Music Park near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It has been dismantled.
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Fridgehenge was a Stonehenge replica built of refrigerators. Fridgehenge stood outside Santa Fe, New Mexico for almost a decade, but following complaints from neighbors, it was dismantled in 2007.
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