Sometimes a walk on flat ground isn't enough to stimulate one's awe of the forest, so Tetsuo Kondo Architects designed a winding, floating trail called "A Path in the Forest" for the Kadriorg Park in Tallinn, Estonia. Part of the LIFT11 festival that celebrates Tallinn's status as the 2011 European Capital of Culture, the trail is 95 meters long and relies on the 300 year old trees for its structural support.
There’s something magical about the forest, but people often need a little help seeing these natural monuments in a different light. Like these gorgeous giant wind chimes, A Path in the Forest is designed to shift how people experience the heavily-wooded Kadriorg park.
By winding the artificial trail in and amongst the old-growth forest, gradually working its way up into the canopy, the designers gave people get a more intimate view of the leaves and bark previously only seen from below. The path, somewhat akin to a scribble in its loose form, is supported by a steel tube attached to the tree trunks. This absence of obvious structural support definitely reinforces the feeling that one is floating amidst the trees, creating a leafy exploration that no one is likely to forget. If you’re in Tallinn before 22 October, 2011, be sure to drop by before the installation is removed.