The Art of Science: Bouncy Stonehenge

Sacrilege, Jeremy Deller, 21012
Sacrilege, Jeremy Deller, 21012

My dilemma: I’m supposed to write a weekly post about science-based art, but yesterday I discovered this bouncy, inflatable scale model of Stonehenge. So I had to decide whether to try to squeeze this wonderful thing into a science framework – for example, by discussing how prehistoric people with primitive tools were able to move giant stone slabs and place them atop each other. Or perhaps by noting that the design of Stonehenge indicates that Neolithic people had a surprisingly deep and sophisticated understanding of solar movements and patterns.

But what I really want to say is “Yay! Bouncy Stonehenge! Why did this take so long to be built and when will it come to the US?”

For the record, the real name of bouncy Stonehenge is Sacrilege, and it was designed by British artist Jeremy Deller for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012. The inflatable structure traveled to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London earlier this year. Here’s hoping it pops up on these shores sometime soon.

Tip o’the hat to Despoke

Science Caturday: Cathenge

cathenge

The approach of the winter solstice on December 21 reminds us that even prehistoric humans with crude tools studied the movements of the sun and earth and built sophisticated structures to mark different phases of their alignment.  Cats are pretty good at following the movement of the sun’s rays, too, but are not noted for their ability or willingness to move large boulders.