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April Fool's prank 2021.

Mysterious Lone-henge (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Lexington, Virginia

Unveiled by prankster Mark Cline on April 1, 2021, it's a solitary Stonehengian monolith in a farm pasture. According to Mark, the artwork is a 20th anniversary commemoration of his first April Fool's Day prank in 2001.

Initially the monolith was surrounded by several nude showroom dummies painted black and white, who appeared to be scrutinizing the mysterious stone. "The black and white mannequins don't necessarily represent real black and white people," he told us, "but it does represent diversity and hope for the future. The problem is, I had nine mannequins. I didn't want to paint five black and four white, or five white and four black. So I painted four black and four white and one black and white."

Mark's pranks rely on sympathetic partners-in-crime and usually only remain standing for a few weeks, but this one may be permanent. "The property owner is an Englishman," said Mark. "He feels right at home looking out his window and seeing this standing there."

Mark did eventually remove the nude showroom dummies -- and replaced them with a lizard-man climbing the monolith.

Mysterious Lone-henge

North of the city. I-64 exit 55. Turn north onto US-11/Lee Hwy, then make a quick left at the stoplight (Super 8 motel) onto VA-39/Maury River Rd. Drive three miles, out into the country. The road bends right, descends a small hill, and you should see the monolith and dummies on the right, behind a black wooden fence, just before you reach Lazy Acres Lane. Private property; visible from the road.
Removed in 2023.

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