What is the sound of one hand clapping? Reflect on this zen koan in an Estonian forest, where interior architecture students of the Estonian Academy of Arts have built three giant wooden megaphones which serve to amplify the soothing sounds of nature.
Spanning three meters in diameter, the conical structures were inspired by traditional bandstands. One can lie or sit down in the megaphone itself, and aside from being a peaceful retreat from the hustle of the city, it can also double as a potential shelter for a hiker, or as a natural amplifier for a small-scale musical event.
The abundance of sounds, as well as its silence, remains a trademark of Estonian forests, making this project a meaningful one. Writer Valdur Mikita says of 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.”
Read more on the project on the Estonia Academy of Arts’ website.