STONEHENGE has been reimagined using AI.

Energy company Utility Bidder used AI image creator Midjourney, to imagine how the famous landmark would look in the future due to factors such as erosion, discolouration, flooding, and sandstorms. 

Warmer winters, have been known to boost populations of burrowing animals, such as badgers, and although this sounds positive for the local wildlife, their deposits can destabilise stonework, which could take its toll on Stonehenge in the future.

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Midjourney AI imagines a dystopian future Stonehenge

James Longley, managing director at Utility Bidder, said:

"The launch of Utility Bidder’s Lost Landmarks study precedes the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as ‘COP 28’ in 2023.

"World leaders will gather to discuss vital climate change solutions, and steps towards reducing its impact will hopefully mean less damage to iconic landmarks and terrains as we know them.

"If we do not preserve our planet and everything in it, we will soon find ourselves at the forefront of destroying some of the world’s most historic landscapes, so with this in mind, we’ve used AI software from Midjourney to reveal the devastating reality of climate change for some of the most well-known landmarks across the globe.

"We wanted to profile a range of factors that prove detrimental consequences of climate change, some more common and known than others, and this resulted in a selection of 10 destinations to work with - ranging from Stonehenge in the United Kingdom to Mount Rushmore in the United States.

"Global warming is set to have huge consequences for Stonehenge, and its fate may lay in the rest of warmer winters boosting the populations of burrowing animals - in turn, their deposits can destabilise stonework. Meanwhile, Mount Rushmore is liable to rock erosion, and the famous faces of American presidents of the past will one day be defaced.

"Hopefully, these images strike a chord with many on the damning impact of climate change and impact people to continue looking after and preserving these landmarks, as well as considering their own lifestyle choices to help the cause."