London 2012: Stonehenge lit up with fire sculptures

Stonehenge welcomed fire sculptures, "mysterious fiery engines", flaming fire pots and "cascades of candles"

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Stonehenge has been lit up with more than 500 flaming firepots and 40 torches and fire lanterns to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.

As the sun set on Tuesday, the World Heritage site was transformed into a "glowing fairytale environment".

The Fire Garden, which runs for three consecutive nights, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse.

The event is part of London 2012 Festival, a three-month cultural celebration.

Organised by the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the "atmospheric feast for the senses" includes "mysterious fiery engines", mechanical puppets and "cascades of candles".

The arts group, which has staged installations across Europe, said visitors would "pass between concentric circles of flames" and "huge fire balls".

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"They have been setting up since Friday," said Maria Bota, the festival's director.

"And they have responded to the site and created this especially for Stonehenge.

"They've incorporated the points of the compass, the shadows on the stones and the sense of many souls departing."

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: "Stonehenge has been a place of celebration for thousands of years so it is fitting that it plays a role in this major cultural celebration."

The Fire Garden runs from 10-12 July, from 21:00 BST until midnight, with last admission at 23:30 BST.

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