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- Natural Bridge, Virginia - Foamhenge
I did a bad thing and climbed up the hill to see this attraction, even though the sign by the road said it was closed. It appears a storm has damaged Foamhenge pretty badly. The poles and concrete that hold the foam to the ground have been pulled from the ground and broken. There was a sign that said it was closed for repairs, so hopefully someone will post when it's open again so I can revisit![Chrissy, 05/17/2008]
- I-81 exit 180. On a bluff set back from the southbound side of Hwy 11, just south of the Natural Bridge Petting Zoo, one mile north of Natural Bridge. You need to be driving southbound to see it. Gate at base of hill leading to Foamhenge is sometimes locked, but visitors can walk around the gate to visit Foamhenge.
- Dismantled Aug. 30, 2016. Will be moved to a new location in 2017.
Closed, closed, closed! Although it looks like Foamhenge is still standing, there is a sign out front that says it is closed for repairs. Some people obviously decided that trespassing would be the better option and went and looked at it, but it does say closed for repairs as of a month ago.[Laura, 03/12/2008]
Haven't heard of a permanent closing, so it may be to repair weather or vandal damage. One of the risks when you build a monument for the ages out of styrofoam...
I just visited Foamhenge -- it looked great! I didn't see any signs of damage, graffiti, or any other vandalism. Maybe Mark's new sign has something to do with that. It says:
"WARNING! Two Great Reasons You Will Not Deface My Sculpture: 1. It's a federal offense to deface public or private property with a possible 1 year in prison + $10,000 fine. 2. Sometimes I hide & watch. I'll let you scratch on Foamhenge as I do the same to your parked vehicle. Don't be surprized, I'm nuts enough to do it! ~M. Cline."
There've also been some amusing additions to Foamhenge since the last tip report. In the center of the circle is a horizontal stone on logs, the way it would be if it were being rolled along the ground. Next to that is a stone standing upright in a kind of log and rope lever device. Nearby is a small sign that reads:
"Stonehenge Construction (Which do you believe?) Theory 1: This Sarsen Stone was dragged inch by agonizing inch over twenty miles of challenging terrain rolled on logs beneath it. It will be stood up on end like the one to your right, using ropes, logs, leverage and lots of blood and sweat. It will be one of three put together to form a trilithon. The 859 workers are now taking lunch in the nearby woods."
Over behind that is another horizontal stone supported by metal rods so that it looks like it's floating in space. On top of that is a statue of Merlin, looking like he's riding the stone. The sign next to that reads:
"Theory 2: This is the Sorcerer Merlin of Arthur's Royal Court. Effortlessly he levitated then flew these huge stones from Ireland to the Salisbury Plane. He is in the process of erecting the stones to become a focal point for those who suffered a the hands of the Saxons. With each stone he is instilling magical properties which will heal those who believe."
In another nice touch, there's a sign that says, "The Face of Merlin: Merlin was cast from a mold I created directly from the face of Jamie Jordan in Waynesboro, VA on February 17, 2007 two days after his death just shy of his sixtieth birthday. It was his request to have me create a lasting impression of him and use it appropriately as he was a big fan of my work. Jamie now lives on as a part of it."[Dean Jeffrey, 10/29/2007]
Foamhenge is still standing, however some pieces have fallen. We found a couple of "stones" far on the field, and returned them to the site. Overall it is still in good condition despite some graffiti and general wear and tear. It's in a field, no admission or employees. Just installation art at its finest.[VCOM, 03/26/2007]
Foamhenge appears to be complete, and it is open. Access is through a mowed field at the base of the hill on which Foamhenge stands. A short but steep walk brings you to the top, where you can wander around and enjoy the sights and the view. Unfortunately, there is a lot of graffiti scratched into the blocks.
There is a donation box at the foot of the hill.[M. Eggimann, 07/14/2006]