Tuesday, December 1, 2009

About Art - Carthenge

The Stone Age meets the Industrial Revolution just a few miles north of the small town of Alliance, Nebraska, where 38 automobiles from the 1950s and 1960s are arranged in a design that replicates a ring of stones erected in southern England thousands of years before the birth of Christ.

Buried trunk-first, the bodies of the cars used in the structure rise from 15 to 18 feet above ground, some straight into the air, others at an angle faithful to the appearance of ancient Stonehenge. For the sake of uniformity, all the cars used have been painted a primer grey.

Artist Jim Reinders envisioned Carhenge and ultimately created it on the family farm where he once lived. The site was dedicated on the summer solstice in 1987. The major stones of the Stonehenge creation are recreated with cars of approximately the same dimensions, following the solar orientation of the British stone circle.

The 10-acre site has grown to include other forms of car art, including sculptures of animals both modern and prehistoric, all crafted from automobile parts. For those inclined to prolong their visit there are also picnic tables and plenty of parking. Carhenge is open all year with no admission fee. Find out more at: http://www.carhenge.com/

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