Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust remembers rivers through photos and talk at Drill Hall

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 November 2012
A photo of a large green leaf
Jim Cooke's photos return to the Drill Hall

Event Preview: Rivers Remembered, Drill Hall art Gallery, Portland, December 1 2012

Earlier this month, acclaimed photographer Jim Cooke held an exhibition of his nature-transfixed works at the beautiful Drill Hall in Dorset, showcasing 80 hand-printed photographs in an encapsulation of owners the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust’s science-art philosophies.

There’s a final chance to see them tomorrow night, when Cooke will join Dr Ken Coombe, an award-winning geomorphologist who has supported the Trust’s work, to discuss 20 years of watery observations on rivers from 125 million years ago.

Coombe’s ancestors were involved in the stone industry, and his theory is that three major rivers once existed around Portland. He’s made a three-dimensional model and series of drawings illustrating how the area was uprooted by a series of tectonic plate movements which ultimately made it a quarrying hotbed.

The studies themselves will be enhanced by a series of projected images, accompanied by music.

More pictures:

A photo of a large stone quarry
The site has been part of the Cultural Olympiad
A black and white scientific photo of various plant movements within a quarry setting
Coombes studied geology at Oxford University and wrote an award-winning paper about Portland's geology
A photo of a black and white scientific photo of a kind of plant from a nature reserve
The Riparian exhibition features dozens of photographs
A photo of a geological drawing of a cliff showing aspects such as minerals and angles
© Ken Coombe
A photo of a black and white scientific photo of various spores from plantlife
Community workshops have featured highly among an inspiring programme of science and art at the Hall
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