Wild Wild Wood
Wild Wild Wood
What do different tree species smell like? What is the sound of wood? How do wooden buildings withstand earthquakes and fires? The Wild Wild Wood exhibition opens in April 2020 and reveals the superpowers of wood – its many excellent properties and uses. Wood is a carbon sink – a material for building sustainable societies.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Wood Building Programme of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, the Federation of Finnish Woodworking Industries, the Finnish Forest Foundation, Metsä Wood, Stora Enso, UPM Plywood, Isku, Novart and Versowood.
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What is the exhibition about?
Wild Wild Wood demonstrates the versatility of wood as a material. In addition to traditional sawing, wood is now worked with computers and automation. Architects can even use it to create skyscrapers. The exhibition also illustrates the importance of forests and durable wooden products in mitigating climate change. The exhibition is a multisensory, personal and powerful experience of the wonders of wood, with many fun shared activities!
For example, you can
- build the wooden city of your dreams
- play on a tree species scale
- observe how wood is used through augmented reality binoculars
- take pine seeds with you to plant
- make your impression on a large wood pin wall
- design, laser engrave and keep a wooden key ring as a souvenir
Our friend the tree
Birch is an important tree for Finns, but what are Finns to the birch? You can listen to the tale of a birch grown in Helsinki by touching its stump.
Become a conductor and make a wooden orchestra play dedicated compositions. There are four planks made of four different tree species that act as loudspeakers for the instruments. The sound vibrating the planks has been equalised by the Aalto University Acoustics Lab to bring it closer to the instrument.
The architecture of the exhibition is open and spacious. The structures showcase the versatility of woodwork. They have been designed in cooperation with young Finnish wood architects.
The Wild Wild Wood pilot exhibition was displayed in Berlin, Germany from 3 July to 29 September, 2019.
Pictures: Bernhard Ludewig/Finnish Embassy, Berlin.