What Are These Giant Wooden Structures Doing In The Middle Of An Estonian Forest?

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For people living in the world's biggest cities, aka "the concrete jungle," escaping to nature is an exhilarating and almost magical experience. All the greenery, fresh air, wildlife noises ... 

It's so mysterious!

But imagine this: you're wandering about the forest, maybe following some animal's footprints, already kind of mind-blown by the chirping and hoo-hooing, and you stumble upon this:


... a peculiar wooden thing sitting in the bushes. What in the world is that?!

No, it's not an alien spaceship. (At least that's what we've been told.)

It is an installation created by a group of interior architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Titled "RUUP," it consists of three giant tubes that amplify the sounds of nature and, in that sense, work like unplugged, supersized megaphones.

Strategically placed at a certain distance and angle, they create a unique chime in the center.

"RUUP" was inspired by the Estonian author and semiotician Valdur Mikita's dream to build a "forest library."

"In the initial stages we sent the students into the forest for a few days, to look for input and inspiration for a possible concept. The forest seminar failed utterly, because after half a day of intellectual chatter, a helicopter started to circle the forest and a moment later, the woods were filled with the police," project leader Hannes Praks told The Huffington Post.

Apparently, an elderly woman went missing in the woods while mushroom picking, so the students helped the police to look for her. This inspired one of the students to think of an alternative approach to reading.

What if you could read the forest by listening to its sounds?

Birgit Õigus, who birthed the idea, and her team worked with acoustic engineers to come up with the best shape and the best location to place the megaphones.

They settled on this cone-like structure that allows its visitor to climb in and relax while listening to nature's symphony.

They are perfect for hikers who might need a nice dwelling to hide from wind, rain, snow, or even the sun.

According to Hannes Praks, "RUUP" can also be great for listening to your inner self: "Meeting your own thoughts can be a nice interlude, but also a frightful experience," he says.

If you ever decide to visit, here's a map to guide you to it:


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