“SILENCE IS A SOURCE OF GREAT STRENGTH”~Lao Tzu
‘Stonehenge II ’ was erected as an amusing art project by the late Al Shepperd and his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill. Hill had offered a limestone slab to Shepperd in 1989, unused in his recently completed back patio. Shepperd stood the rock up monolith-style, and then odd thoughts started to seep into his head. He was gripped by what we’ve observed as a rare but not unknown malady — Stonehenge Fever.
Within the next year, Shepperd replicated the mysterious stones of England, in the middle of Shepperd’s pasture. Shepperd added two 13-ft. tall Easter Island heads a year and a half later, after visiting Easter Island. The heads stand away a respectful distance on either side of the ’Henge.
Al planned to add a replica Alaskan totem pole to the tableaux, but died in 1994 in his seventies before realizing that portion of his dream. His nephew, also named Al Shepperd, now owns the property.
The entrance sign refers to the original: “Its purpose is unknown, and, perhaps, unknowable.”
In 2010 the property under Stonehenge was sold, and its new owners reportedly wanted to knock it down. But in the nearby town of Ingram, the Hill Country Arts Foundation rallied to Stonehenge’s defense. They bought the monument (including the Easter Island heads) and trucked all 75 pieces eight miles east. In 2011 Doug Hill’s creation debuted in its new home, near a small river and some softball fields in town.