In a project which intertwines the remarkable origins of the historic mirrors with their presence today as poetic metaphors for cross-Channel relations, poised dramatically above the sea, looking towards France - Lise Autogena proposes to construct two new acoustic mirrors. One mirror will be placed in Folkestone, filling a gap in the existing chain of mirrors along the English coast. The other will be sited on the coast of France, approximately 25 miles across the Channel.
Following the dimensions and form of one of the historic mirrors near Dungeness, the new mirrors will have a crucial contemporary twist. With the aid of the latest in acoustics and communications technology, visitors to the new mirrors will not only be able to listen to the sky - they will be able to talk across the sea to those standing on a listening platform in front of the other mirror, on the other side of the Channel.
The two mirrors will create a visual link, an invisible 'umbilical cord' between two countries and turn a long forgotten defence technology into a friendly instrument for communication across the English Channel.