The Memory Stones
1. North West Stone-Looks back to World Heritage Coast. Aligns with Mid Summer Sunset over Golden Cap on 21st June .
2. West Stone-Looks back to Lyme Bay to the Triassic – Aligns with the sunset of the Spring and Autumn Equinox.
3. West South West – Looks across the Ocean to South America. Records the life in the ocean.
4. South West – Looks to the Geomorphology of the original land surface and jointing structure of the Gullies that run xxxx the Island. Aligns with Mid Winter Sunset on 21st December.
5. South South West -Looks to Architecture – the tower of St Georges Church inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral.
6. South – Looks across to the tunnel that connects Tout to Inmosthay Quarry and the wider Portland Quarries Nature Park. Tout means ‘Lookout’ and the quarry overlooks Chesil Beech and was once one of over 100 working quarries on the island all worked by hand. The shadow from the stone at noon on Mid Summers Day is 2 meters long and Mid Winters Day 13.4 meters.
7. South South East-Archaeology with references to the early settlements of St Andrews at Church Ope, the Mesolithic site at Culverwell.
8. South East-Lichens early pioneer species. Aligned on Spring Equinox 2017 to Outdoor Performance Environment at Church Ope. North edge aligns with Mid Winter Sunrise.
9. East South East-Orchids, Butterflies and Insects – early life forms in the succession for regeneration of quarries.
10. East – Plant Species 500 with 125 used for culinary and herbal remedies. Aligns directly East with the sunrise at the Spring and Autumn Equinox.
11. East North East- Vertebrates small mammals and reptiles.
12. North East – Migratory birds. The North face of the stone is aligned with the Mid Summer Sunrise and captures the light of the northern most travel of the sun at daybreak throughout the year.
The project has been funded by Arts Council England, Department for Communities & Local Government, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust, Worshipful Company of Masons, Portland Court Leet, Dorset County Council Divisional Fund. Portland Masonic Lodge and Trewint Ltd.
Support has been given by Portland Stone Firms Ltd, Albion Stone plc, Paisley Plant Hire Ltd with Lewis Paisley skilfully operating a 90 Ton crane to position the stones, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Portland Stone Ltd who carried out the access groundworks, ASTUDIO architects for the sunpath model and Eagle Vista Aerial Imaging.