Photo: Tõnu Tunnel.

What are these things? What do they do? What are they for? Why do they look like large wooden megaphones? Where are these large wooden megaphones? Are these large wooden megaphones part of some elaborate art project? Who put these large wooden megaphones here? What are these things, and what do they do?

On first inspection of the photographs, these questions (see above) whirled around inside our heads like fruit inside a smoothie blender. And so finally we decided, rather reluctantly, that the only way to get the answers we desired was to do some reading. Staring at the photos for hours on end had, we'll admit it, got us nowhere.

Photo: Tõnu Tunnel.

First things first, they're located deep within some Estonian woodland. Second things second, they were built by a collective of interior architecture students. Third things seventh, they're an acoustic installation designed to amplify the sounds of the forest.

The installation is a deliciously creative blend of contemporary architecture, and wilderness. It's free to use, and is open to all hikers and nature-lovers. The ingenious wooden megaphones were placed in such a way that the sound channels in from three different directions, resulting in an utterly unique noise at the central point.

The idea for the megaphones came from student Birgit Õigus. The group behind its construction was directed by Ahti Grünberg, Tõnis Kalve, and the swanky-sounding architecture office b210.

Photo: Tõnu Tunnel.
Photo: Henno Luts.
Photo: Tõnu Tunnel.

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