TWO large sound mirrors have been installed close to GCHQ.
But it seems it has nothing to do with the sophisticated intelligence work being undertaken at the worldfamous site on the edge of the town.
Instead, the concrete blocks form the central part of a new piece of artwork by Coleford-based Rob Olins, which has just been installed on the King George V Playing Fields in Hester’s Way.
Called the Listening Dragon, it features the two white sound mirrors plus pieces of wood that form part of a mostly underground dragon.
A plaque at the site explains that the sculpture was inspired by children at Rowanfield Junior School and residents at workshops in Hester’s Way. Mr Olins intended the piece to show part of a dragon that is listening to what is going on around it.
The sound mirrors can, apparently, make the spoken word seem unusually loud at a particular spot at the site.
Visitors to the attraction can find out more about it by reading the details on the plaque.
It says: “Sound mirrors were one of GCHQ’S first projects which were used to track enemy airships off the east coast of Britain during the First World War.”
The artwork was commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council.
Funding came from sources including the council, Hester’s Way Partnership, The Summerfield Trust and Markey Developments LLP.
Rob Olins from Coleford with the artwork Picture: Mikal Ludlow Photography