Singing Ringing Tree (Panopticons)

Burnley

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The Singing Ringing Tree (one of the Panopticon sculptures in Pennine Lancashire) is aptly named. A 3-meter-tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes, it stands high above the town of Burnley. The pipes swirl to form the shape of a tree bent and blown by the wind, and produce an eerie, melodious hum as the constant wind on Crown Point drifts through them. The SRT's pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves and is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful. Completed in 2006, the Tree was designed by award-winning architects Tonkin Liu. See our website for a map and location details.

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