AMPLIFYING FOREST AMBIANCE WITH WOODEN MEGAPHONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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A group of interior architecture students have built king-size wooden megaphones deep in the woods in Estonia. It is a large scale acoustic installation that amplifies the sounds of the forest.

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Interior Architecture students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have conceived the idea of a forest library near RMK’s Pähni Nature Centre, where the quiet sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves are amplified to surrounding site visitors.

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The installation blends contemporary architectural space and wilderness and is accessible for hikers and nature lovers for free. The objects were placed at such a distance and angle that the sound feed from all the three directions creates a delicate unique sound at the very centre.

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The interventions, titled ‘Ruup’, span three meters in diameter, offering those seated and lying within ample space for reading or resting. Additionally, the conical shapes offer potential shelter for a wanderer or modest hiker to spend the night, as well as provide a platform for outdoor classrooms, small-scale cultural events and concerts.

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Tiffany Bozic Hand Made “Native Box”

We’re releasing a very special limited edition hand-made box designed and crafted by Tiffany Bozic and master woodworker, Francisco Robles.  The idea and inspiration for the box came naturally when the lines and similarities between Tiffany’s ornate artistic style and Francisco’s intricate wood-working ability were taken into account – and the two artist’s crafts get taken to a distinguished level through this coupling.

Tiffany Bozic’s career has been built on an ability to take the natural world and present it in a gruesome yet beautiful way, which never feels disingenuous.  Because of her unique style and perspective her work has been shown at the Laguna Art Museum, the California Academy of Science and will be featured in an upcoming solo show at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City.  The piece silk-screened directly onto the Native Box features the organic elements which make her work so compelling, inspired by the beauty of two White-Eye birds that Tiffany recently witnessed playing in Papua New Guinea.

Francisco Robles’ ability to craft furniture and wood was seen in full force in 2008 when he crafted a line furniture with Upper Playground designed by David Choe, Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores and Tiffany Bozic.  With this background of coupling furniture with contemporary art, he has crafted the Native Box with the interior divided into four sections and the exterior given a five half-round bead detail as a play off of classic moulding.

The Native Box comes in a burgundy edition (limited to 32 pieces) and a gun metal edition (limited to 18 pieces) and are each hand signed and numbered.  The box is comprised of 100% US wood, has been silkscreened and made by hand in San Francisco, CA and is available exclusively at Upper Playground’s online store.

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John Wooden, 1910-2010

John Wooden, 1910-2010” posted from: The Citrus Report | Art, Culture, News, Graffiti, Music, Street Art, Clothing, Politics, Reviews

John Wooden, what is there to say? He is the embodiment of the perfect student-athlete, teaching life as well as the game of basketball. He was like a philosopher, and players that played at UCLA under his amazing 10 NCAA titles  (in 12 years!) are all interesting, thoughtful, progressive people in their own right, with a lot owed to the people that Mr Wooden wanted to teach and coach. His death is a sad moment for sports, but most importantly, its a sad time for all of collegiate activities.

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