In a forested park in the small Eastern European nation of Estonia, a fascinating art installation exists. Deep within the forest, a group of architectural students exhibit gigantic wooden megaphones that amplify the pacifying sounds of the woods. Residing in the Pähni Nature Centre, the architectural objects now motivate many people to visit and spend a little extra time in the forest.
The project has become an instant fascination for many.
“According to interior architect Hannes Praks, who leads the Interior Architecture Department of the [Estonian Academy of Arts] that initiated the installation project, the three-metre diameter megaphones will operate as a ‘bandstand’ for the forest around the installation, amplifying the sounds of nature.”
The acoustic tunnels serve as artwork, furniture and a resting spot. In addition, they create a place to meditate on our role in the natural order of things.
Large enough to fit a number of people at once, the exhibit is free to enter. Also, it is a great place to take photos.
The forest is in critical danger in this day and age. Any opportunity we have to give it our attention and highlight what it means to all life on planet earth, is a good thing. Moreover, people are in desperate need of re-connecting with nature. So it is encouraging to see modern design offer something that can help achieve that.
Source: All photos by Tõnu Tunnel.
Waking Times originally created and published this article (Gigantic Wooden Megaphones Amplify the Sounds of the Forest in Estonia). It is re-posted here with permission.