If you've ever enjoyed a walk in the woods, you've probably noticed the simultaneous “peace and quiet” and subtle busy-ness of Mother Nature. Students in Estonia certainly did - and for an extra dose of awesome, they decided to amplify these natural sounds with three huge wooden megaphones in a lush wooded area. Photographer Tõnu Tunnel captures the graceful giants in all their glory.
The installation is featured in Estonia’s Pähni Nature Centre, known for its study trails and using the forest as its “outdoor classroom.” Student Birgit Õigus designed the piece as a part of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Hannes Praks, who leads the Interior Architecture Department, says, “the three-metre diameter megaphones will operate as a ‘bandstand’ for the forest around the installation, amplifying the sounds of nature.”
Visitors can be seen lounging inside the megaphones, surely having a surreal acoustic experience. Curiosity about what it would be like to stand in the middle of the tree pieces is enough to begin looking up flights to Estonia. The pristine condition of the stained wood will likely be temporary, as the timber structures inevitably will be reabsorbed back into the forest over time. Mother Nature probably has a lot to say – it’s about time we gave her a megaphone.
Images via Tõnu Tunnel