Estonian Forest Becomes Site of Beautiful Student Artwork
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
Students at the Estonian Academy of Art were given the daunting task of spending several days in the forests of Estonia to ponder the meaning of a “forest library” - an idea put forth by famed Estonian author and TEDx speaker, Valdur Mikita. Like many school projects, the focus quickly shifted from work to other matters. While in the forest, the student were overwhelmed as both helicopters and police swarmed the area looking for an elderly woman who had gone missing while picking mushrooms. The students joined in the search through a rain storm, only to come up empty handed - the woman turned up back at her home and their search and time seemed all for naught.
"...imagine not physically reading words in the forest, but reading sounds"
Like many exercises in art, the students took the trying experiences of that day and put them into their art. Thus, the idea of a “forest library” morphed into a forest library of sound, and as the author of the megaphones, Birgit Õigus, put it, “imagine not physically reading words in the forest, but reading sounds.” The megaphones that were designed were made in homage to both the situation that unfolded that day, and to the sounds of the forest itself. Sit in center of the three giant megaphones and you can hear the amplified sounds of nature. Call through the smaller ends of the megaphone and your voice can be heard for miles.