The Singing Ringing Tree

The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture. In fact, it resembles a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley.

The Singing Ringing Tree is a 3-metre tall construction comprising pipes of galvanised steel. Interestingly, the pipes harness the energy of the wind to produce a choral sound. Furthermore, some of the pipes are primarily structural and visual elements. However, others have been cut across their width enabling the sound. The harmonican singing qualities of the tree were produced by tuning the pipes according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.

Completed in 2006, it is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project. The project was set up to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons across East Lancashire. In fact, the structures were to be used as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

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