“The tree trunk of sounds” is Chilean success at Expo Shanghai 2010

The sculpture, which emits a selection of sounds of Chile, has had great impact among the visitors to the greatest Fair in history.


Chile’s Pavilion at Expo Shanghai, an international trade fair in which 192 countries of the world will be participating, aims at displaying aspects such as the Chilean culture, urban development and society. Among the novelties for the 2010 version is the “tree trunk of sounds”, which caused impact during the trial phase of the event.

Chinese visitors were unable to resist the curiosity to see this work. Created by sculptor Osvaldo Peña and sound engineer Luis Barrie, it is a 3.8-meter long Mediterranean cypress tree trunk that surprises visitors by emitting different sounds representative of Chile through its crevasses.

This is done through loud-speakers and a sub bass system that are located inside the sculpture and reproduce sounds such as the cannon fire to commemorate the 21st May (a famous naval battle that took place in 1879 between the Chilean and Peruvian fleets) in Valparaíso or the shouts to celebrate a goal of the Chilean soccer team at the National Stadium. In this way, visitors can draw near to the trunk and listen to a collection of sounds that are characteristic of the country.

Chile is participating in the event together with many other countries from all over the world, such as Germany and the UK. The theme for this year is the building of better cities and urban spaces.

Chile’s pavilion covers an area of 2,500 square meters and can be visited between 1 May and 31 October. Three and a half million visitors are expected to attend.