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Work starts on Adjaye's extinct species monument

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Construction has started on a huge stone monument designed by Adjaye Associates carved with the images of the 860 species which have become extinct since the dodo

The Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO) on the Isle of Portland in Dorset is expected to cost around £30million to complete and also includes a biodiversity education centre.

Described as an ‘on-going monument’, more stones will be added to the spiralling 30m-tall landmark at Bowers Quarry ‘if more species become extinct’.

According to the practice the monument is neither a building nor a shelter but a ‘journey, exploring the relationship between interior and exterior, landscape and enclosure’, its circular shape echoing that of the three lighthouses near Portland Bill.

The scheme will be made from Portland Stone.


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