Sirens, Davy & Kristin McGuire. FloodLights, Absolutely Cultured, 2021 © Davy & Kristin McGuire

Sirens, Davy & Kristin McGuire


Davy & Kristin McGuire’s beautiful but haunting display of holographic projections into water features uncanny sea creatures and mermaids’ encounter with plastic pollution and climate change.

As global warming impacts the habitats of humans, animals and sea creatures we see fish populations diminish, go extinct or move to better living and feeding grounds. Mermaids are not exempt from this destructive process. In various parts of the world they have been forced to migrate to better feeding grounds in order to survive. Moving closer to urban environments helps them to live of human food waste, but the Sirens’ appearance is a symptom of worse things to come…

Access the transcript of the Siren Song HERE


Concept & Creation: Davy & Kristin McGuire
Sound: Spesh Maloney
Lyrics: Christina Lewis
Performers: Laura Hudson, Laura Siddal, Kristin McGuire,
Director of Photography: Gary Tanner
Camera Assistants: Paul Craythorne, Bhulla Begal
Project Manager: Sharon Worsnop
Special thanks to Tony Clarkson, and his team from Haltemprice Leisure Centre.

Artist Bio

“What follows makes the jaw drop and the head whirl.” (The Times)

Davy & Kristin McGuire are multi-award winning mixed reality artists, internationally renowned for creating idiosyncratic experiences using immersive and experiential technologies, fine art, digital projection and storytelling.

The duo has been commissioned by organisations such as the RSC, Canal+, Barneys New York, London International Mime Festival and ELLE China amongst many others. Their works have been exhibited, sold, published and screened internationally, and their critically acclaimed projects have been invited to tour to more than 100 venues in 23 different countries over 4 continents.

The duo have won the Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, the Australian Helpmann Award for Best Visual Theatre Production, the Japan Space Design Association Award and most recently Innovation of the Year at the Museum + Heritage Awards.

“Magical and exquisitely crafted, Davy and Kristin McGuire’s universe is full of visual wonders.” (The Guardian)

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Access information

Sirens by Davy & Kristin McGuire is a projection piece in the waters of Princes Quay Dock.

The viewing area for the piece is from the bridge between Princes Quay Dock Street and Princes Quay Shopping Centre. Audiences will be able to look over the sides of the bridge to watch the installation underneath.

Wheelchair users should make themselves known to volunteers at the installation who will ensure they are guided to the best viewing position.

Those that require a less crowded experience should also make themselves known to the volunteers, who can guide them to a less crowded viewing area.

The projection is highly visual and features an atmospheric soundscape made up of watery sounds and music, along with a Sirens‘ song. The song itself is purposefully abstract and therefore the lyrics cannot be made out clearly. We have provided a transcript of the work here so that audiences can read the lyrics.

For more access details across the event, please visit our FAQs.

Outdoor installation

Location: Princes Quay

Open times: 6:30-9:30pm, 22-24 October