Voice of the Sea
With architect Pancho Guedes
Chamber of sound, activated by the tide to listen to the waves of the sea. The circular labyrinth was imagined by the world-famous architect, Pancho Guedes, in what became his last work.
It was initially planned as a temporary intervention in 2010 within the Allgarve contemporary art program. Pedro Ressano Garcia the commissioner at the time was hired in 2015 to upgrade the whole intervention from temporary to permanent.
“The construction of this chamber of sound to listen to the sea reminds us that listening depends on learning to listen in itself, because misunderstandings, overlays, fictions, seem to be increased. Listening demands practice and training.” José Tolentino Mendonça
“The “D” point (of discovery) in Sagres is now called “Voice of the Sea”. The sound, capable of making the gods dream, comes from inside a cave over 50 meters deep. On the surface, a work by the architect Pancho Guedes, in the shape of an ear, is the new landmark in the landscape.”
“The local flora is not interfered by the solution and the site is not invaded by building materials according to the Parque Natural de Sagres e S.
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“The labyrinth described by José Luis Borges is the topic for the revelation of a powerful experience that challenges our perception of time and space.”
“As Pancho Guedes explains, the labyrinth is like life, we can be lost for a while, but we always get there in the end.”