If a tree falls in the woods but there's no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? The Estonian Academy of the Art's most recent installation of three giant wooden megaphones within the deep forests of Estonia is making sure that that fallen tree's sound is heard. These megaphones have been constructed to amplify the deep sounds of nature. With half the country of Estonia covered in forests the culture is deeply tied to them. Hikers can now experience nature amplified, using these megaphones as a pit stop to rest and experience the surroundings with a sensory immersion. The three megaphones have been strategically placed so that they can be crawled into to experience the amplified sounds of nature, or place yourself in the middle where the three funnel their sound, merging together which creates a surround sound effect. This is a new generation of Earth works, and now on my travel bucket list.
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Spring time in Colorado means the shedding of winter coats, for humans and animals alike. Cashmere goats grow out their luxurious cashmere winter hair each season in preparation for the weather ahead. The winter pelt is an indicator of how harsh this year's winter will be and it is thought that goats can sense how cold and long the winter ahead of us will be and grow their cashmere winter hair out to the appropriate length. The above photos are the story of brushing cashmere goats out, ridding them of their winter weight. It is amazing how this matted winter creature approaches you and with a few quick brush strokes only the cashmere pulls out like a soft tangle, leaving a brand new goat in front of you.
“If one is talking about sculpture then scale and skin is everything,” declared Anish Kapoor. He was speaking from India, the birthplace of the acclaimed sculptor, where his latest installation was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The skin of the object is what defines it, he goes on to explain, while scale creates a certain mystery around the object. Kapoor’s latest work, Descension, has both of these elements.
Unexpectedly set into the gallery floor is a large, seemingly endless hole. In it, a vortex of black water perpetually froths and churns. The whirlpool alters the form, or skin, of the water creating a fury of liquid that invades the walls of the gallery. Descension was on view in a corner room at the Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi, a meaningful location because the room opens to views of a peaceful sea that creates a striking contrast to the powerful whirling vortex. (via Designboom)