Signal, noise is a series of nine unique entry gates on the themes of communication, connection and territory.


Marking territory through claim or survey is the precursor to land development for settlement or resource extraction. Anomalous in the context of pre-European world views, the western notion of land ownership is pervasive in our paradigm and fundamental to the social and economic systems of our society.

The assertion of territory is a trait we share with other species, notably songbirds indigenous to the marshlands of the Fraser River delta. Where we mark territory by demarcating edges with buildings, fences and walls, birds use song to assert their presence in the landscape, to communicate, to socialize, to procreate and, ultimately, to survive.

While home-ownership is held to be the ultimate end-state for young adults, first-time home ownership is, in fact, a step serving a deeper need for social fulfillment. One’s choice of home can help or hinder this drive for meaning by providing or withholding opportunities to engage one’s neighbours and the broader community beyond one’s front door.

Each gate will present a unique three-dimensional surfaces to the street. Constructed from a lattice with a depth between 1” to 3”, the gates will appear opaque or transparent to viewers as they travel the sidewalk, providing a dynamic experience to passers-by. The gates will also cast interesting and variable shadows on the front walk and garden of the townhouses.

annotated assembly

The pattern of the gates is derived from a concentric sine wave or ripple. While invoking the obvious metaphor of raindrops in puddles, this pattern is also characteristic of a sound-wave emanating from a point. The choice of pattern alludes to the signature calls of songbirds declaring their territory from each gate.


Client: Townline, Richmond, BC
Architect: Robert Ciccozzi Architecture Inc.
Public art consultant: Ballard Fine Art
Fabricator: Unlimited Fabrication, Nanaimo, BC
Medium: Steel
Year: 2015