United Kingdom Memory Stone Circle

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Paul Dibben

About this spot
The Stones are next to the main Roundabout at the top of the hill opposite the Portland Heights Hotel.
Brighton celebrates long-standing relationship with Portland Quarry as their latest project is raised for the Summer solstice.

20 Apr 2017

The Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust have had a close relationship with University of Brighton sculptors, sound artists and architects since the 1980s. Their latest project raises a monumental stone circle at the quarry, at the same time raising questions about how art and landscape can conjoin and how we understand our environment.

Jane Whitaker, artist and academic in the School of Art, is working closely on the current project and organising a celebratory seminar at the University of Brighton at the end of April, recognising the work of the university in this valuable partnership.

The installation of 12 of the largest stones sourced from opencast quarries will create a platform for the sharing and exchange of knowledge between artists, geologists, architects, ecologists, quarrymen and industry. The stones will bring a curatorial role into landscape through a digital archive as the first phase of a larger project establishing new cultural routes through Portland Quarries Nature Park that re-enage artists' work, process, research and practice.

This long-term project on the relationship between sculpture and landscape has widened the context of site specific work across University of Brighton departments, creating interdisciplinary connections to the social, enviornmental, historical and cultural context.

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