Wednesday, September 23, 2009

First Solo Road Trip Part 6. Foam Henge, Natural Bridge, VA

Foam Henge, Natural Bridge, VA

Further down the same road I see a road sign almost hidden in the trees for 'Foam Henge' one mile ahead on right. I can't believe my luck and when I suddenly see the familiar monoliths in a clearing perched on a small hill I pull over immediately. It is exactly what it says it and I am in mute amazement to see this familiar landmark from my childhood home in Hampshire way out here in deepest darkest Virginia. It is a strange and deeply surreal sight. I immediately think too of the ending of the original Planet of the Apes movie and the line: “I’m home. All this time, I was home” are words which ring over and over in my head until finally I am compelled to whisper them to myself out loud in the car. These are the first words I have spoken all day too and my voice sounds remote and alien. I pull off the road into a small empty car park and see a track leading up the hill to where the stones/foams are dramatically silhouetted against the late afternoon sky. At the bottom of the track is a small plaque staked into the ground which reads:

Welcome to Foamhenge. Completed in 6 weeks using beaded Styrofoam blocks weighing over 420lbs. Delivered on 4 tractor trailer trips from Winchester VA 100miles north. Taking 5 Mexicans and one White Man to construct.

I clamber the path to the top and walk around the structure which is impressive in a totally eccentric way and, very carefully smoking, I begin to contemplate, in much the same way I would contemplate the original Stonehenge -considering deeply the mysteries of its purpose and also its makers. Finally, feeling weary from driving and overcome with childhood memories and emotions, I sit on one of the realistic gray painted now flaking fake fallen foam stones, which are quite comfortable, with a sense of peace and strange relief, until the sun goes down..


  1. Unbelievable! Such a strange find Simon!

  2. Nice blog .. I never thought that you going to write about it:) thanks a lot

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  3. Simon there's something surreal about this post and the correlation of the comments. The second one seems perfect as if ordered for this blog of "Altered States" a random generated viagara ad backdropping against a copy of a real stone figure from a far away land where the original is vertical and 'rock hard'

    This entry is a really good one. I've seen images before but your encounter makes it totally different for me. Thanks so much.


  4. You're right Jan, that is odd indeed.. Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you are enjoying these. Best to you, Simon