Artist plans cross-Channel whisper

24th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, May 23 (AFP) - A British-based artist has hatched an ambitious plan to allow people in Britain and France to talk with each other - without using telephones, radios or other electrical technologies.

LONDON, May 23 (AFP) - A British-based artist has hatched an ambitious plan to allow people in Britain and France to talk with each other - without using telephones, radios or other electrical technologies.

Instead, Lisa Autogena hopes that the cross-Channel communication will take place using a pair of "sound mirrors", a type of very basic radar dish made from concrete, the Observer newspaper said Sunday.

The vast, hollowed-out hemispheres are designed to catch and amplify even the faintest sound waves through natural means.

During World War I dozens were positioned on the south coast of England to listen for enemy planes still many kilometres (miles) away, but the eventual advent of radar made them obsolete.

Autogena told the paper that she had received funding to build one sound mirror near the southern English port town of Folkestone and hoped to construct another directly across the English Channel in northern France.

People would be able to stand in front of the mirrors and listen to voices from across the sea, Autogena said, adding that the sounds would have to receive some boost to make them travel so far.

"We just sent text messages and e-mails all the time. This will give us a chance to really think about the sounds we make," the Danish-born artist told the paper.

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