People retreat to nature to enjoy the sounds of silence, but a new contraption deep in the woods of South Estonia is now amplifying that silence -- long with all of the other sounds of the forest.
If a tree falls, you might just hear it.
Interior architecture students at Estonian Academy of Arts installed three giant wooden megaphones that create a surround-sound effect in Estonia's Pähni Nature Center. The concept is part of a "forest as a classroom" initiative, allowing students to becoming fully immersed in a surreal, acoustic-like sound system that echoes nature.
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The three megaphones -- which are roughly 10 feet in diameter each -- are placed at a predetermined distance and at specific angle to create a sound feed in the center of the installation.
The installation opened to the public on Sept. 18, serving as a "bandstand" for the forest, according to interior architect Hannes Praks.
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In addition to serving as a sound system, the installation could be a place for sitting and resting. Furthermore, the Estonian Forest Management Center, which has been a partner involved in the project since its beginning, is confident that the art could attract some visitors that wish to spend the night in the woods by sleeping inside or near a megaphone.
"The space could be used to carry out an outdoor nature class or a small culture event; it's really multifunctional," said Marge Rammo from the Estonian Forest Management Center, according to the Estonian Academy of Art's website.
via Estonian Academy of Arts