Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Walking around St. Paul’s Cathedral I saw this ‘Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell’ by chance.

Hooke was probably the first man who realised that extinction of species was really possible.

The Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell

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 […]

Location: Robert Hooke Biodiversity Bell (map)

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