There Are Gigantic Wooden Megaphones in Estonia’s Forests
You know, in case a tree falls and there’s no one there to hear it.
Over 50 percent of Estonia is covered with forests, and a new project is helping bring the sounds of those woods to life.
Part design object, part natural wonder, the large-scale work was designed by student Birgit Õigus and designers Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg as a way to amplify the natural sounds of the forests to give trekkers another way to interact with their surroundings.
The megaphones are so large that they can double as a stage for musicians looking to fill the forest with their own sounds. The wooden structures can also be used as a seating area for picnicking with friends or taking a break during a nature walk. They’re the perfect place to sit and contemplate the wonders of the natural world—or duck out of the rain when a shower strikes mid-hike.
The megaphones are strategically placed in the woods so that when a hiker stands in the center, the sound of the forest envelops them with the type of 360-degree surround sound to which your at-home entertainment system can only aspire. The electricity-free megaphones are free for all nature lovers to enjoy and will remain in the park, theoretically, until the wood is reclaimed by nature.