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A visitor listens to Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters, 2015, Easton, Isle of Portland, April 24, 2015. Photo: Brendan Buesnal.

Katrina Palmer

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A visitor listens to Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters, 2015, Easton, Isle of Portland, April 24, 2015. Photo: Brendan Buesnal.

The stories told in Katrina Palmer’s audio walk The Loss Adjusters, 2015, are complicated narratives, 150 million years in the making. Sculptor/writer Palmer scripted three eerie ten-minute fictions, which visitors could hear narrated through headphones as they were guided on a walk across this four-mile formation of solid rock off England’s south coast. Basically a giant beached boulder, the Isle of Portland was created in the Jurassic period when trillions of tons’ worth of organic matter compacted here over countless millennia, gradually solidifying into vast deposits of luminous Portland stone. Mined since Roman times, this high-quality rock provided the cladding for Britain’s most iconic monuments, from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London. Portland has been excavated for centuries; the place stands today as a windswept outpost, still pockmarked by fourteen open-pit

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