The Singing Ringing Tree (A Panopticons Sculpture)

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Designed and built by the architecture team of Tonkin Liu and completed in 2006, this award-winning sound sculpture called The Singing Ringing Tree stands atop a plateau in the Pennine mountain range overlooking Burnley in Lancashire, England. It’s one of a series from the Panopticons arts and regeneration project.

Galvanized steel pipes of various sizes are bound together in a nine-foot-tall, spiraling configuration. Depending on where and how the wind strikes it, The Singing Ringing Tree creates discordant choral sounds over a range of several octaves. Tonkin Liu tuned the pipes “according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.” The eerie music created as a result is capable of ringing out across great distances.

Photo by Felix Spencer

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3 Responses to “The Singing Ringing Tree (A Panopticons Sculpture)”

  1. Heather Says:

    amazing, and genius…but it sounds like the Bloop – clearly the architect has devised a homing signal for creatures rising from the deep.

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  3. Tertiary Says:

    Some years ago, I considered building something similar, but smaller scale, and powered by a steam boiler, for a class. I was dissuaded from pursuing the idea, but I still like it. And the ambient nature of this is very good. I do wonder how the local feel about it, though.