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World Famous Professor To Visit Portland

Portland

12:11pm 27th October 2014

We're in a rapid period of extinction according to a Weymouth Stonemason.

Seb Brooke plans to carve the species we've already lost into a stone building on Portland.

He wants to create a Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory, MEMO for short, at west cliffs.

World renowned Biologist, and patron of the project Professor E.O Wilson is coming to Portland next week to take part in a ceremony at the site.

The project is being backed by global figures in the sciences and arts and architects, such as David Adjaye, are also involved in the design of the building. They are hoping the Observatory will become a global icon and an internationally recognised visitor attraction.

We spoke to Seb who described what the observatory will look like; "What people will see is sculptures made by sculptors from all around the world. So I think that as well as being this scientific record expressed in this medium of sculpture, it will also be an amazing array of styles and talents from over the world."

He also told us why it was so important to him, "We've got a situation where something like a quarter of all plants are in danger of extinction, something like a third of all frogs,  something like a third of all reef building corals- there's a long-term thing going on we should be really worried about."

The ceremony to 'break-ground' at the site is at 4pm on 3rd November at Bower's Quarry and all are welcome.

More info can be found at: www.memoproject.org

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