SD8528 : The Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley

taken 11 years ago, near to Walk Mill, Lancashire, England

The Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley
The Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley
The 'Singing Ringing Tree' is a unique wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree, which overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point. The site was once that of a rediffusion transmission station, complete with a run-down brick building and unused telegraph lines. The station was dismantled and the lines cut down to be recycled, to make way for the Tree that was to stand out against the stark, rolling landscape of the Pennines.

Singing Ringing Tree is a 3-metre tall structure constructed of stacked galvanised steel pipes of varying lengths, orientated to lean into the directions of the prevailing wind. Some of the pipes are primarily structural and aesthetic elements; others are tuneful with a cut across their width enabling the sound. As the wind passes through the different lengths of pipe, it plays different chords. To ensure that the tree sings in harmony, the pipes have been tuned according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each

Completed in 2006, the tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu. In 2007, the sculpture won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.

LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) Mid Pennine Arts
LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) Burnley Borough Council

Panopticons (2003 2007) was a unique creative project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN).

The project was set up to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), located across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

The Panopticons are a unique series of 21st century landmarks, designed to attract visitors into the countryside to enjoy the stunning landscapes and wealth of attractions on offer in Pennine Lancashire. Each Panopticon is situated on a high point site commanding spectacular views, and are all within easy reach of the M65 motorway.

The four structures are: Atom near Wycoller SD9339 : The Panopticon Above Wycoller, Colourfields in Blackburn SD6729 : Colourfields, the Panopticon in Corporation Park, Halo SD7923 : The Halo at Top o'Slate at Haslingden and The Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley SD8528 : The Singing Ringing Tree above Burnley.

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SD8528, 85 images   (more nearby 🔍)
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 February, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8512 2891 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.3801N 2:13.6297W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8508 2891
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph
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