New Mexico October 13, 2016
Most People Don’t Know New Mexico Once Had Its Own Stonehenge
Great Britain has the ancient monument Stonehenge. And, for a few years, New Mexico had
Stonefridge: a Fridgehenge.
That’s right. In 2003, a giant circle consisting of well over 100 fridges was built in Santa Fe.
This was by no means the first homage to Stonehenge; the Carhenge sculpture in Nebraska dates back to 1987.
However, Stonefridge was on a much bigger scale than most. The structure stood between 2.5 and 3.5 fridges high.
Fridgehenge was the work of the filmmaker, sculptor, and artist Adam Jonas Horowitz. The art installation, constructed on an old landfill, was an “anti-monument” against consumerism.
Like the original Stonehenge, this ring along with the appliance towers in its center, was assembled using only manual labor. Horowitz and his crew employed a system of ropes and pulleys to move the refrigerators into position.
Stonefridge was cosmologically aligned with Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is best known as the birthplace of the Manhattan Project.
Horowitz went on to produce a movie called “Nuclear Savage,” which focused on the effects of the 67 nuclear tests that the U.S. conducted in the Marshall Islands.
But back to Stonefridge. By 2007, the elements and vandalism had taken their toll and the installation, which some claim was always supposed to be temporary, was dismantled.
Did you see Fridgehenge? Which unusual attraction (past or present) intrigues you the most?
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