forest whisper, 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 sound 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. The cone-shaped sculpture serves both as a megaphone that amplifies the sounds of the forest, and a naked-eye telescope that augment its the natural beauty by framing it. 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 peacefulness, and at the same time, reflect on their physical and spiritual connections with trees. “Forest Whisper” offer a contemplative and meditative space, in hopes that by looking in and listening to the forest, audiences might enhance their ecological awareness.