ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Foamhenge The Styrofoam Replica Of Stonehenge In Natural Bridge, VA (Virginia)

Updated on December 11, 2012
The Real Stonehenge
The Real Stonehenge
The Foamhenge Replica
The Foamhenge Replica

"Foamhenge", A Full Scale Replica Of Stonehenge Was Constructed In VA By Mark Cline

The Foamhenge exhibit in Virginia was built in 2004 as an exact replica of the famous Stonehenge monument in Witshire England. According to Mark, he had come up with the idea over 15 years ago when he first laid eyes on some massive 16 foot tall Styrofoam blocks at a packaging company.

Mark wanted Foamhenge to replicate the original Stonehenge in every way (except the actual material used to compose the stones), so he obtained exact measurements from Stonehenge, and built Foamhenge to scale. He attempted as best he could to match the wearing of the stones from the actual Stonehenge by using different shades of paint and partially sanding (or carving) the Styrofoam to match the look. He even found people to help him arrange the stones so that they were in the proper locations (astrologically) as the real Stonehenge monument in England.

Mark Cline
Mark Cline
Foamhenge
Foamhenge
Other View On Cloudy Day
Other View On Cloudy Day

Foamhenge, Although Not Stonehenge, Is A Fun Exhibit For Tourists In Va

The First time I heard of Foemhenge I chuckled and thought to myself is this for real... The answer to that question of course was yes, it most definitely is for real, and not only that, it is attracting tourists. People are lining up to take pictures at Foamhenge since it really does appear very similar to the actual Stonehenge thousands of miles away across the Atlantic.

The question that this beckons of course is, since Foamhenge was a success, will others start building other historical monuments out of Styrofoam (or whatever materials) as replicas in an attempt to create local tourist attractions. Some have tried this before with mixed success and I'm sure some will try again, the success I guess will come from whether or not tourists decide that it is worth the time and money to visit some foam replications.

What Do You Think?

would you go a little out of the way to visit Foamhenge or some other historical replica?

See results

A Few Interesting Things About Foamhenge

Foamhenge opened on April fool's day 2004 although it was not entirely an April fool's joke.

While the real Stonehenge took over 1500 years to build, Foamhenge took only 6 weeks.

Foamhenge is built almost entirely of Styrofoam. Only the paint, cement base, and support rods are made from other materials.

When Mark Cline was asked how he is able to stop people from damaging Foamhenge, he told people that he couldn't. He just plans to rebuild and repair any damage to the now famous foam.

Foamhenge is part of a series of exhibits at "The Natural Bridge" in Natural Bridge, VA. Tickets cost $40.99 for adults and $20.99 for children and include admission to all of the exhibits. There are a few small museums as well as caverns and nature trails on the property. They usually offer seasonal specials as well.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)