Wooden megaphone projects forest sounds

A true orchestra of nature.

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There will be a special wooden megaphone in the Slanské Mountains forest near Prešov.

Thanks to its shape, it will project forest sounds and the public will enjoy a true nature orchestra, according to the creators of the project.

Four young people from the Hlas Lesa (Voice of the Forest) civic association came up with the idea.

“Our aim is to make places that deserve our attention more visible,” said František Baláž, one of the project creators, as quoted by TASR.

He added that the wooden megaphone should lure people to nature. They hope to support tourism in the whole region.

Unique in Slovakia

The wooden megaphone will be located near the cycling route connecting Prešov and the surrounding villages. It has the shape of a 9-edge pyramid.

As Baláž explained, the installation of the megaphone is a simplified rotation paraboloid.

“The paraboloid has concentrating rays and waves reflecting from its walls towards a single point. A person sitting near this point will hear stronger sounds coming from the surrounding nature and can listen to what the forest is saying,” said the young lover of nature, as quoted by TASR.

A similar attraction exists only in Estonia.

The project creators do not want the installation to have a bad impact on the harmony of the forest and fit in its natural environment.

It will be made of wood and smaller connecting metal parts. The overall dimensions of the construction should not have more than a length of 4.2 metres and a height and width of 2.5 metres.

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