This film charts the making of the world's first bell cast from a stone mould, almost certainly the largest object cast in this way since the Bronze age
"I was deeply moved on learning of this brilliant, profound, and ultimately humanitarian enterprise. It does the UK proud" Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson, the 'father of bio-diversity' and Patron of MEMO
MEMO is a collaboration of scientists, sculptors and stonemasons dedicated to building a beautiful ongoing monument to species going extinct worldwide, together with a biodiversity education centre. MEMO will be built on the spectacular cliffs of Portland, Dorset, overlooking the Jurassic Coast - the World Heritage Site where the ancient story of life is written in the rocks.
We want to bring the story up to date by the creative arts of stonemason and sculptor. 2012 marks 350 years since the Dodo was last recorded alive by a Dutch sailor shipwrecked on Mauritius. Since that time more than 800 species have been assessed as extinct on the IUCN 'Red List". We want to engage the sculptors of the world to carve images of them all, in the creation of a resonant symbol of our need to respect and protect the natural world.
Designs by the internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye were granted planning permission in February this year. To celebrate we are launching this international project on Portland during this most international of summers.