Extinction Bell with artist Luke JerramDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 22/11/2019. Bristol, UK. The Extinction Bell with artist LUKE JERRAM, his latest artwork which was installed at Bristol Zoo Gardens today. The brass bell chimes 150-200 times each day, which is the rate of species extinctions estimated in a 2007 report by the United Nations. The aim of the bell is to give people an audible representation of how often species are being lost and to raise awareness of the issue of biodiversity loss which is happening across the world every day caused by humans. Bells are used as a universal call to action and communicate a sense of emergency, and often as a sign that someone has died. As part of the launch, bells across Bristol are due to chime in support of the Extinction Bell on the afternoon of Friday November 22. Luke Jerram was keen to work with Bristol Zoological Society as they recognise the value of both animal and plant species and it allowed the opportunity to present the artwork to the public and get feedback about its impact. The bell will remain at the heart of Bristol Zoo Gardens until after the New Year before it tours museums of natural history, botanic gardens and other zoos around the globe. Photo credit: Simon Chapman/LNP.
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