Can art be a shared and fun experience? Sacrilege is a work by British artist Jeremy Deller, a full-scale replica of theStonehenge megalithic monument, reproduced as an "inflatable castle", which the audience is invited to jump on. This is one of the largest inflatable structures in the world, with a surface of over one thousand square meters.
The work is a reflection on the monument, which, ever since its creation 4000 years ago, has had a public use as a work of art, reformulated over and over throughout History. Jeremy Deller invites us to become aware of the immersion into a culture of the spectacle of the last few years, without giving up the fact that the work is a fun, intense, and emotional experience: art for everybody's enjoyment.
This proposal is framed within the exhibition The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular, where Jeremy Deller delves into the recent history of the United Kingdom, and its transition from an industrial and mining economy into a services and spectacle one. Through the re-signification of element from popular culture, the artist reflects on the structures that inform our constantly changing reality.
Sacrilege was created for the 2012 London Olympic Games, and has been shown in different cities around the world. Hundreds of people have already enjoyed this experience, and the loss of gravity proposed by the artist.