“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.” — Rudolf Steiner
Some people go to the forest to listen to nature’s peace and silence in order to refresh their overactive minds. But what most people don’t know is that the forest is whispering things.
Three interior architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts knew this fact, and they went beyond the usual way to capture these soothing sounds of the forest.
They designed, created and installed three giant timber megaphones to magnify the sounds of nature.
These timber megaphones were also designed to be a space where the forest visitors can sit and contemplate while listening to the voice of Mother Nature.
The project didn’t just come out of the blue. It was carried out as a response to a workshop where the interior architecture students were asked to design a concept of a forest library.
Among all of the proposals that were considered, Birgit Õigus’ proposal stood out and was chosen for realization.
With the help of fellow students, they constructed the structures in Tallinn, Estonia’s medieval capital, then transported them to the site.
They placed them in a clearing where each megaphone can create a “bandstand” for the sounds produced within the forest.
Hannes Praks, who is the interior architecture department leader of the giant megaphone project, explained:
“We’ll be placing the three megaphones at such a distance and at a suitable angle, so at the center of the installation, sound feed from all three directions should create a unique merged surround sound effect.”
With these giant timber megaphones, visiting the Pähni Nature Center where these structures are located would be a global attraction.
You will not only hear every detail of the mysterious sounds of the forest but also sit comfortably inside these megaphones as you close your eyes and listen to Nature’s song.