Modern Suspended Forest Walkway


This is no ordinary path in a forest. For Tallin's 2011 European Capital of Culture and LIFT11, a festival showcasing 11 urban installations, Japan-based architect Tetsuo Kondo was formally invited to skillfully share his innovative designs at Kadriorg Park in Tallin, the capital of Estonia. The urban designer constructed a structural installation entitled A Path in the Forest for the event that took place from May to October 2011.

While maintaining the natural integrity of the forest, Tetsuo incorporated an urban design that boasted a 311-feet spiraling suspended walkway made of steel. The modern architectural installation weaved in and around the long-standing trees, some of which are 300 years old. For a few months, visitors could enjoy the floating pathway, as it endured the changing of seasons and was enlivened as its backdrop flourished with color in the autumnal months. Walking along the winding installation, one could appreciate the environment in a new way, being face-to-face with the towering trees' leaves instead of simply viewing at a distance, from below. Tetsuo's intention with this piece was not to alter or recreate the space, but rather to enhance one's experience with nature and to display a coexistence between nature and structure.






Photo credit: Reio Avaste
Tetsuo Kondo's website
via [The Cool Hunter]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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