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Stonehenge Spotted on St. Claude

BYWATER - The vacant lot at the corner of St. Claude Ave. and Bartholomew Street has housed to a rumored Starbucks, an in-the-works grocery store and a one-time-only Night Market. But now it seems that we've been deceived. Something has been building there for years, but we couldn't see it until it was completed this morning. The Stonehenge has appeared on St. Claude! Are the aliens leaving us another gift?


Well, not quite. But at least it calls for a party! The installation is the creation of local artist Dave Rhodes, and it turns out it was installed over the past few days, and completed at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. And that was just in time, as the Wonder of Wiltshire's little cousin will serve as the centerpiece for a celebration for Summer Solstice tonight.


Officially titled "Stonehenge: New Orleans," the installation is designed to "bring the St. Claude Avenue community together, honoring the past and looking towards the future," according to Rhodes' artist statement.


"The replica will honor ancient engineers and builders who achieved what is still to this day an unbelievable and mysterious feat," the statement says. "As New Orleans recovers and rebuilds, public art and community events (whether music or art) continue to strengthen the city. "


All materials used for the installation will be donated to The Green Project once it is disassembled.


Tonight's celebration, which is being held with support from St. Claude Main Street, begins at 5 p.m., with the true revelry ramping up the moment summer begins: 6:09 p.m. Organizers encourage people to bring musical insturments or other types of diversions for entertainment at this midsummer. And why not? After all, from here the days only get shorter.


Stonehenge: St. Claude is located at 4000 St. Claude Ave.

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