conical forms [three listening devices] (2020) will be a permanent installation of nine pre-cast concrete forms combined to form three interrelating sculptures that invite users to listen to ambient sound within the John Crank Gardens.


Phil Coy, modular construct of [three listening devices] 2020

conical forms [three listening devices] references pre-radar aircraft listening devices, civil engineering, and the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory’ Gramophone horn. The pre-cast concrete elements include aggregate recycled from the former John Crank Building, demolished whilst Phil Coy was in residence at Brunel University.

The structure of each listening device mirrors its environment and the architectural heritage of Brunel University Campus. The three structures work as solid state amplifiers, to create a social space for listening and performance. Their triangular placement invites sight and sound lines across John Crank Gardens.