(ORDO NEWS) — Ponyhenge is much less ancient than the English sculptural object Stonehenge, from which its name comes.
The Rocking Horse Roadside Cemetery in Lincoln, Massachusetts has only been in existence for 12 years or so. But like Stonehenge, its creation and purpose are shrouded in mystery.
Toy horses started showing up in the small town in 2010. First there was one: a toy horse that had been abandoned in a field on the side of the Old Sudbury Road.
Jimmy Pingon and Elizabeth Graver, who own the pasture and live next door, told the Boston Globe in 2015 that the props were leftovers from a Headless Horseman show they did on Halloween.
They thought that some child could find a horse and play with it, but they never thought that this horse would give birth to a local landmark that would live even more than ten years later.
After that, other horse toys began to randomly appear in Massachusetts. Soon the clearing was filled with a herd of rocking horses, amateur horses and model horses. Dozens of ponies litter the space constantly and non-stop. You can see what it looks like in the video below.
The crowdsourced art installation is constantly changing. Sometimes the horses line up in a circle, like their stone counterpart across the Atlantic, and sometimes they line up side by side, as if preparing for a race.
Although Ponyhenge is privately owned, visitors are welcome as long as they behave in a respectful manner. One couple even got married there in March 2020.
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