Marc Schmitz



Siren was intrigued both by the beauty and the redundancy of the technology of the ‘listening ears’ (early warning acoustic mirrors) at nearby Denge (Dungeness). Siren is intended to evoke an unfamiliar technology, as if it has ‘landed from space’. It amplifies sound coming from far away, but adds the possibility of ‘speaking back’ by becoming a megaphone. Sited overlooking Folkestone Harbour, it gathers the noise of the waves (like a sea shell) and is a reminder of the fog horn that until recently sounded from the lighthouse on the Harbour Arm.