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In the Forest, on Cloud 9

Have you ever lost your way in the forest? Or ever imagined such a situation? Rest assured: now you are out of the woods, at least in Estonia. Not only will you not lose your way in the wilderness; the unparalleled experience here will make you feel that you are on cloud nine. Tetsuo Kondo Architects have discovered that a walk on the terra firma isn’t enough to stimulate one’s awe of the forest, so they designed a winding, floating trail called “A Path in the Forest” for the Kadriorg Park in Tallinn, Estonia. Part of the LIFT11 festival that celebrates Tallinn’s status as the 2011 European Capital of Culture, the trail is 95 meters long and relies on the 300-year-old trees for its structural support.

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There’s admittedly a magical magnetism about the forest, but people often need a little help to see these Nature’s sentinels in a different light. Like these gorgeous giant wind chimes, A Path in the Forest breaks new ground for people to experience the heavily-wooded Kadriorg park.

By winding the artificial trail thru the old-growth forest, gradually working its way up into the canopy, the designers help people get a more intimate and heightened view of the leaves and bark previously seen only from below.

The path, somewhat akin to a scribble in its loose form, is supported by a steel tube attached to the tree trunks. This absence of obvious structural support definitely reinforces the feeling that one is floating amid the trees, creating a leafy exploration that no one is likely to forget.

If you’re in Tallinn before 22 October, 2011, be sure to drop by before the installation is removed.

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