Rage of The Druids! New Stonehenge Visitor Center

The Guardian reports that the area surrounding Stonehenge will finally cease to be a 'national embarrassment', by receiving a £27m facelift for the construction of a new visitor center.

Simon Thurley, the chief executive of English Heritage, said: "A new dawn at Stonehenge is truly upon us. Though the stones themselves have never failed to awe visitors, their setting has been a national embarrassment and disgrace.

"After nearly 30 years English Heritage finally has a scheme that will transform the setting of the stones and our visitors' experience of them.

"The restoration of the landscape together with a major new exhibition on site will finally give our greatest and most famous monument the treatment it deserves."

My fellow Grailers, I give you... the new visitor center:

[via Dezeen]

Now I've never had the chance to visit Stonehenge myself, but by the mere look of these computer renderings, I cannot for the life of me find any single way in which this image of "toothpicks holding up sheet metal" —as one commentator at Dezeen aptly put it— could possibly relate to either its location or the historic site it's supposed to serve. How is this an improvement, I ask you?

I only hope the people responsible for this design stay way from this area after this travesty of a building is completed, lest the tourists visiting Stonehenge might find themselves with the rare opportunity to capture an old Druidic tradition for their Facebook wall...

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No self-respecting Druid would have worshiped inside of a stone circle. They were forest dwelling people that for the most part and stayed close to nature. The worshiped in natural places, usually in groves of trees. They seemed to have prefered groves of oak trees from which they obtained the Golden Bough, Mistletoe!

This Visitor Center is an insult to Druidism!

What do you think?

cnnek

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You're right, the appropriation of Stonehenge by the neo-pagans has nothing to do with the real history behind the site.

But the fact remains, this god-awful building is an insult to neo-druids, neo-pagans, and to anyone that made the effort to travel to Stonehenge in order to admire this ancient testament to the will of humankind.

I hope that some British Grailer starts a petition to stop the construction of the center.

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...or at least it will be when the first decent wind gets ahold of the lifting area of that "roof".

Might be worthwhile to visit just to watch the 1 1/2 mile sprints to the bog!

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I fear it might end up being a rather expensive temporary building then.

Which makes me think: why didn't they consider an underground visitor center, reminiscent of those ancient burial mounds you find in Britain?

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I'm not entirely sure the firm involved does logical or practical, for that matter (their website leaves a great deal to be desired).

I agree with you. Find the nearest convenient rise and carve the center into the side away from Stonehenge. I guess the expense was too great to lavish on the actual building itself. Remember, there's three-martini lunches, three-star lodging, first-class airfare from Australia (ouch!), subcontractor price gouging, union payoffs, bribes/gifts, at least one box of toothpicks and a dinner napkin (obviously),...

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Yeah, I know how design and architecture firms are desperate to show in their websites how 'cool' and trendy and original they are, but that webpage is a mess :-/

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red pill junkie wrote:

I fear it might end up being a rather expensive temporary building then.

Which makes me think: why didn't they consider an underground visitor center, reminiscent of those ancient burial mounds you find in Britain?

That'd be fun, and have the staff dress up as Picts or Grues...:3

In anyway, what Stonehenge represents to me is solid imagination...spirituality from the past that has been given solid form...like the religious relics that used to be traded in Europe...and whatever people end up doing, THEY will be giving THEIR imagination solid form -- it doesn't exist separate from them

It's like with any holy book--the words themselves are dead and meaningless, requiring someone to read them and to make the words ALIVE

We are the engines of Stonehenge, not the other way around

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I grok that :)

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Hey,

that wicker man is Jewish ;3

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That's hot --literally :P

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You're better off visiting Avebury or one of the many other stone circles around Britain -- not only do you get to walk within the circle and touch the stones, but there are no tourist hordes. ;-)

http://standingwithstones.net/
http://www.megalithic.co.uk/

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If I ever have the chance to cross the pond, I'll keep that in mind.

I imagine it's similar to what happens here in Mexico: You go to a place like Teotihuacan, and there are thousands of tourists up and down the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, and you're constantly being accosted by the hawkers that are insisting you buy their cheap souvenirs. But if you visit one of the thousands of less-known archeological sights in Mexico, chances are you'll have the ruins all for yourself ;)

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