More than 50% area of the tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is covered by lush forests. But 300 KM south of the capital city of Tallinn, the forest houses a little secret.

Amidst the lush green moss and the birch trees you will see 3 giant megaphones. Each of them 3 meters long and placed in a different direction. Like Antennas, trying to find the signals from unknown.

These megaphones are not dropped by aliens. They are a result of the joint project between the students of EKA ( the Estonian Academy of arts) and RMK (the Estonian state forest Managment).

The megaphones called Ruup, were inspired by Valdur Mikita — he initially wanted to create a forest library. How could you implement architecture in a way that would help you read the forest? But a chance accident with a lost grandmother resulted in another idea, What if you could listen to the forest instead?

The megaphones are placed in three different directions. There is a small patch of land in between, giving it the appearance of a stage to sit and enjoy the spectacle. The megaphones are big enough to spend the night if you are a weary hiker. The shape of the megaphones also means that you can use it the other way round and talk to the forest.

Photo by Henno Luts

Further reading

  1. The Estonian forest ministry RMK has details on how to reach the megaphones.
  2. Here is some background story on Ruup
  3. Tonu Tunnel has some amazing photography for Ruup. You can follow him on instagram here