Monday, February 16, 2015

The Singing Ringing Tree - A landmark musical sculpture in England

The singing and ringing tree is a musical sculpture in the North West of England near Burnley. It was built by architect Tonkin Liu. Initially it was designed in 2004 and later on completed at the end of 2006. It is one of four landmark based art projects called “Panopticons” built in the early 2000’s in Lancashire.

Image source Mid Pennine Arts

The structure of the tree is composed of stacked pipes of varying lengths, orientated to lean into the directions of the prevailing wind. As the wind passes through the different lengths of pipe, it plays different chords. Each time you sit under the tree, looking out through the wind, you will hear a different song.

Image source Mid Pennine Arts

In 2007, the sculpture won (along with 13 other candidates) the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.

You can find a video about the Singing Ringing Tree below.


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