A monument to extinction

THE New Art Centre, the sculpture park and gallery at Roche Court near Salisbury, is currently exhibiting this powerful carving by Sebastian Brooke, a letter-cutter and stone-carver based in Wales.

The inscription reads “Accipiat aquam vitae, gratis.” It is a quotation from the Book of Revelations, Chapter 22 Verse 17: “And let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

Since 2006, the artist has been working on the massive project, MEMO, on the Isle of Portland, which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. This stone monument will be a Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory. The project aims to draw attention to the ongoing extinction of species worldwide.

Brooke’s work is included in collections at Oxford University and Harvard University.