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Foghorn Elegy

Submitted by Steve Parker


Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team


Steve Parker


The Contemporary Austin


This work pays homage to disappearing and defunct methods of seafaring communication, such as signal flags, steam-powered foghorns, conch shells, bells operated by horses, cannons, and rifles. Produced from salvaged marching band equipment, the foghorn-like sculptures emit an eleven-track audio soundscape recorded on brass instruments in Parker’s garage. Facing its radio tower counterparts across the lagoon, the sculpture encourages viewer to listen deliberately, not unlike the experience of putting an ear up to a shell to “hear” the sea.


To honor the history of seafaring communication and to facilitate the practice of intentional listening