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While the rest of Oxfords was at Truck, we went to the Milton Keynes International Festival. We'd been a couple of years ago and liked it then. This year, on friday only, we had the chance to have a go on Jeremy Deller's Bouncy Stonehenge. It was that or the Mystery Jets. I think the choice was clear.

Bouncy Stonehenge

Distance shot

Slightly smaller version round the back of the shopping centre

Boat in the shoppng centre made from Significant Pieces of Wood. It needed to be craned in.

Glowing time portal thing in Campbell Park. Not part of the festival, just part of general MK futuristic weirdness.

Grotto of glowing vests. Part of the Fire Garden.

Moving fire sculpture. The fire garden was hard to light (there had been a downpour at about 6.00) but spectacular once it got going.

All images and more from Jeremy's Flickr here.

Milton Keynes is great.

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23/7/12 09:38 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
That looks like a lot of fun.

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23/7/12 14:08 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] timscience.livejournal.com
I've posted on this before, but I have a real affection for MK and its landscape of futuristic strangeness. It's a planned sci-fi utopia and as such some kind of socialist apotheosis, but at the same time one of its most iconic and beautiful buildings is a shopping centre.

This kind of stuff can be, and has been, done elsewhere but somehow it has a different feel in MK, as if it is all happening in a silver age SF novel.

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23/7/12 14:18 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
It's also laid out along esoteric principles, in fact. Fascinating place.

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