On sample in an Estonian forest near Tallinn is ruup, an installation of three gigantic wooden megaphones that amplify quiet sounds of nature. Interior architecture students created the project at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, and it meant as a site of relaxation. Here, visitors can experience the symphony of the forest within earshot. In addition to enhancing the surrounding environment, these three-foot-diameter tools serve as bandstands for social events and concerts, as well as shelters for travelers, hikers, and campers.
The students’ project began a year ago but has just lately come to success. It all started with a workshop far in the South Estonian woods, and they worked with semiotician and author Valdur Mikiti to design a “forest library,” a place where people could hear and “read” through sound. They offered several concepts but eventually settled on student Birgit Õigus’ idea of the huge megaphone sculptures.