A team of students at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) have recently installed three gigantic wooden megaphones in a forest clearing in Võru County. Measuring three metres in diameter at their widest point, these structures are meant to offer people a unique space where they can read, sleep, meditate, or listen to the sounds of nature.
The installation is actually the first-year course project of interior architecture students from the EAA and debuted last year with a workshop held by writer and semiotician Valdur Mikita deep in the Estonian woods. Its purpose was to help students define the concept of a forest library. While most of the students were troubled with finding a practical solution for the concept, student Birgit Õigus came up with the idea that instead of reading in the forest, you should rather aim to read the forest around you. This is how the installation entitled RUUP took birth.
The structures were designed and built by joint effort of a team of nine students instructed by architects from the architecture office b210, and by designers from Derelict (a company that creates re-purposed furniture). The three wooden megaphones were built off-site before being transported by truck to the site.
“The trademark of Estonia is both the abundance of sounds in our forest as well as the silence there,” commented Valdur Mikita about the project. “In the megaphones, thoughts can be heard. It is a place for browsing the “book of nature,” for listening to and reading the forest through sound,” he added.
The wooden megaphones can also provide a night shelter for a modest hiker or can be used as a stage for small-scale cultural events.
More about the project on: http://www.ruup.ee/en