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Foamhenge, Natural Bridge

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Foamhenge is a full-scale styrofoam replica of Stonehenge. It is a popular roadside attraction, conceived and built by artist, Mark Cline, that opened on April 1, 2004 in Natural Bridge, Virginia. Foamhenge was relocated to Centreville, Virginia in 2017.Design and ConstructionFoamhenge was created in 2004 by Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios as an April Fool's stunt to generate tourism. The idea for Foamhenge came to Mark in 1998, when he was inspired by 16ft foam blocks that he saw at a local insulation manufacturer. Mark had the concept and materials, but needed a location for his creation. In 2004, he made an agreement with The Natural Bridge for rent-free land with the intention of attracting tourists to both sites.Foamhenge is designed to match Stonehenge, with similarly sized pieces oriented in astronomically equivalent coordinates. The 'stones' are composed completely of styrofoam and painted gray. Each piece is stabilized with an embedded 2.5in pipe, extending from the top, through the piece and anchored into a concrete footing below. The entire structure was assembled in about ten days, as opposed to Stonehenge's construction period of about 1000 years.Social Significance and Move to Northern VirginiaFoamhenge was created as a whimsical, temporary, passive attraction, but its popularity sustained its legitimacy, and Foamhenge endured at the Natural Bridge site for over 12 years. This was far beyond Cline's original lifespan expectations for Foamhenge. By 2015, the foam structure had deteriorated markedly due to the temporary nature of its construction and exposure to the elements. Many of the pieces had fallen into disrepair to the point that they had split apart and were being held together with temporary supports.
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  • Foamhenge was dismantled and removed several months ago. The land it was on became part of the Virginia Park System.  more »
  • It is set up luke stonehenge, only called foamhenge. The stones are set up like stonehenge, but are made of foam. They are huge. Theres nothing really around, its just out there in the open and just s...  more »
  • I took my kids to see Foamhenge a few years ago. They were too young to appreciate the significance of the structure. Now that they are teens, I thought it would be fun to revisit while we were travel...  more »
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  • IT'S GONE! Everything is gone! What happened !? Can't find anything online about it being moved. Still a nice place with a couple benches but the Foam Henge is no longer here....
  • Visited this roadside attraction last year around this exact time. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I love quirky things just tucked away in the forest somewhere. I even love the mysterious signs and facts about the attraction. This place is one of the best unique roadside attractions that VA has to offer. Kudos to the creator, such a gem!
  • One of my favorite wacky attractions to bring people to, I visited it one last time yesterday after I heard it was supposed to be taken down before the end of the month. I brought two people with me, and two other cars stopped with people coming to view it that day, as well. While it has definitely seen some better days (the stones are pretty worn and Merlin is missing a hand), I am still sad to see it go rather than have an effort organized to have it restored or rebuilt out of materials that will better stand the test of time. I definitely recommend checking it out sometime soon if it really is to be removed by August.
  • This place is/was awesome. I hear that this wonderful monument has been dimantled, though.
  • This is so cool! A must see for those traveling this way. It only takes a few minutes from the interstate. It makes for a much needed stretch while traveling! I was very impressed as to the details and the fact that it was made out of styro-foam. A must see for all!