Stavangergata 46a / N-0467 Oslo
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Forest Observatory
Kuyshu, Japan
When I first entered the thick forest on the site, I started instinctively to walk silently and listen carefully. One could not see clearly longer than twenty meters, but things further than that could be heard. This small forest is full of sounds that become mysterious since the source is hidden; strange birds, creeping animals in the bush, wind in the treetops. The often prevailing fog even strengthens this experience. If you stand still for a while, it becomes a universe you would like to understand more. Perhaps, if one listens patiently enough, it reveals itself. Silent and alert, you become partly animal again. This architectural instrument, Forest Observatory, standing inside the woods, is designed to aid persons in pursuit of understanging the nature. It collects and harbours sounds and offers focused shelters for perception.