If you’ve ever been to the UK’s ancient monument, Stonehenge, you’ll know the rules are simple; “Don’t touch the stone circle!”
Forget that – history buffs, music fans and Pagans will have the chance bounce on it during WOMADelaide 2016. Well, kind of. A life-sized inflatable replica of the prehistoric site is a feature of the annual world music festival.
The installation, called Sacrilege, was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. It’s a whopping 34 metres long, five metres high and was made in the UK using plastic canvas and sewing machines. The ‘stones’ were hand-painted.
“It came about after thinking of how to examine an aspect of our identity in an enjoyable way,” says Deller. “The first time I saw people interacting with it was quite overwhelming. It gives a lot of pleasure to people.”
Originally created as a co-commission between Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London, Sacrilege appeared in Glasgow in 2012, toured as part of London 2012 Festival and has since travelled to Paris, Hong Kong, Perth, Sydney and Madrid.
The elaborate jumping castle can be found in Botanic Park for the duration of WOMADelaide. It is free and open to all ages.
Be prepared to wait your turn and don’t bounce immediately after over-indulging in curry at the Taste The World food stalls.
WOMADelaide 2016 features acts from across the globe, including De La Soul, St Germain, Angélique Kidjo and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Asian Dub Foundation and Josh Grant.
The world’s leading environmentalists and thinkers will also speak at the festival during The Planet Talks series.
WOMADelaide, March 11 – 14, 2016, Botanic Park, Adelaide, from $86/day ticket.