TQ3281 : The Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell

taken 4 years ago, near to London, City of London, Great Britain

The Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell
The Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell
A plaque beside the bell records: "The bell was designed by sculptor Marcus Vergette and cast at Taylor's Bell Founders in Loughborough from a mould of the same fossil-rich Portland limestone of which the base, St Paul's and so much of central London, is made.
"This is the final scale model for a much larger "geological" bell to be tolled whenever a species goes extinct worldwide and will be sited at the MEMO Project on the Isle of Portland. During the aftermath of the Great Fire of London Robert Hooke first deduced that species could go extinct from giant ammonite fossils in Portland stone.
"MEMO is a collaboration of scientists and sculptors determined to build a global monument recording global species extinctions into the future. The purpose is to capture the public imagination on the subject of biodiversity loss. A spiral design based on the fossil forms on the surface of the bell was granted full planning permission in 2012 for a spectacular cliff-top site on Portland overlooking the "Jurassic Coast" World Heritage Site".

Photograph is for record only - I have no connection with any of the organisations or individuals mentioned in this description and am unable to provide further information on the project.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral on Ludgate Hill in the City of London and the seat of the Bishop of London. The present building dates from the 17th century.

It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren with the first stone of the cathedral laid in 1677.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 20 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 321 810 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.7924N 0:5.8540W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 320 810
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