Thursday, October 1, 2009

About Art - The Singing Ringing Tree

The Singing Ringing Tree is a sclupture overlooking Burnley Panopticon and is one of a series of “Panopticons” installed in Central / East Lancashire in the UK. It was selected in early 2005 through a public consultation exercise. Designs by three different architects were exhibited in six venues around Burnley and ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ was unanimously selected by the public and steering group to go forward for development.

Constructed by the architects Tonkin Liu Ltd. from pipes of galvanised steel, it takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song. It is located close to the Dunnockshaw Millennium Wood, part of the Forest of Burnley reforestation programme, and links to the Pennine Bridleway and local walking routes.

Perhaps the most playful and innovative of all the Panopticons designs, this unique musical sculpture overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point. Making the most of the prevailing westerly winds, ‘Singing, Ringing Tree’ makes an intriguing, tuneful sound, audible only at relatively close range.

Before building had even started, this design was already an award-winner in a prestigious design competition sponsored by RIBA, and it has since gone on to win more awards. In May 2007 it won a further award from RIBA. Visit the architects website at:

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