Next time you’re in Karula National Park in southern Estonia, make sure you get to the Pähni Nature Centre, where a team of architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts have built three beautiful, huge acoustic megaphones for listening to the forest.
These 3-meter-diameter cones focus the sounds of the woods down to a much smaller region, amplifying those sounds in the process. We will have to imagine what they sound like, since I couldn’t find any recordings yet, but I have reached out to the director of the program, so cross your fingers.
51% of Estonia is covered in forests, and nature is thought to be deeply intertwined into Estonian culture. This installation forms a kind of “forest library”, a means of deliberate contemplation of the forest, and perhaps, humanity’s place therein.
“It’s a place to listen, to browse the audible book of nature – there hasn’t really been a place like that in Estonia before.”—Valdur Mikita, author
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