forest whisper (prototype#1), 2022
Redwood, 77 x 25 x 23”
Gualala Arts Global Harmony Sculpture Garden, CA
April 8, 2022 - March 5, 2023
“Forest Whisper” is a public megaphone sculpture designed to amplify the rich but often unnoticed sounds of the redwood forest. My inspiration for this project came after I learned that trees emit sounds at very low frequencies, which instilled a desire to listen and learn from them. A megaphone is a portable cone-shaped acoustic horn used to amplify a person's voice or other sounds, and direct it in a given direction. Although it's often used for speaking into it, I decided to use it as a tool for listening. Visitors are invited to place their ear next to the megaphone’s small opening, close their eyes and pause for a few moments to listen to the forest. What do you hear? How does it make you feel? By actively listening and interpreting the forest sounds, audiences may feel a sense of heightened awareness and peacefulness, and at the same time, reflect on their physical and spiritual connections with trees. “Forest Whisper” provides a space for audiences to slow down and meditate, in hopes that by listening to the forest, and oneself, audiences might enhance their ecological consciousness.