Stonehenge comes to east London Open Festival

Jeremy Deller's Sacrilege first appeared at the Glasgow International Festival.

Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege first appeared at the Glasgow International Festival.

A life-size bouncy castle designed to look like Stonehenge is coming to east London as part of this month’s Open East Festival.

Sacrilege, an installation by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, will take up residence in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which straddles four east London boroughs including Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Organised by the Barbican and Create London, the festival takes place from July 27-28 and will celebrate the anniversary of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which took place on the site last year. It will also include music, food and theatre.

As well as bouncing on the replica of the prehistoric stone circle, visitors to the festival will have the chance to buy work from leading east London artists including Bob and Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and Pure Evil. Bands playing include the Waterboys and Amadou and Mariam.

Originally co-commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Create London and the Mayor of London, Sacrilege toured the UK as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations, and has since toured the world, travelling as far afield as Paris and Hong Kong.

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