‘Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence. And though admittedly such a thing has never
happened, still it is conceivable that someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never.’
— Franz Kafka, The Silence Of The Sirens
LOS ANGELES, CA – in progress
Across the greater Los Angeles area stretches an extensive network of 224 air-raid warning sirens erected between WWII and the Cold War. These sirens are not only symbols of a bygone era; they also stand as historical relics, mid-century modern artifacts, and unique aesthetic objects that have yet more stories to tell.An unprecedented opportunity is now begging to be seized. In conjunction with the Los Angeles City Council and The Office of Councilman Jose Huizar, District 14, Do Art is thrilled to be at the helm of The Sirens, a groundbreaking public sound art initiative involving the retrofitting and resurrecting of these public address devices as retro-futuristic public speakers serenading and unifying the public through a carefully considered soundscape and impeccably-curated auditory program of the very highest caliber. This groundbreaking, milestone project will not only make history, generating a global buzz and earning LA acclaim as a city that marches to the beats of its own drum, but will also create communal environments, catalyze convivial moments, and kindle a new culture of sonic experiences in and around LA. No longer will these sirens stand as defunct reminders of WWII; rather, they will be subverted into beacons of peace that galvanize communities, inspire civic unity, and connect some of the 10 million residents of LA County—the most populous county in the nation—through the universal sensory pleasure of sound and melody, rhythm and tone.