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The Singing Ringing Tree


I have known about the East Lancashire Panopticons for a while now, so on the way back from Embsay the other week I took the opportunity to visit a couple of them.  Acording to Wikipedia a Panopticon is a structure providing a comprehensive view so the Tree performs that function by being situated on Crown Point high in the East Lancashire Hills above Burnley.

The Singing Ringing Tree is a metal structure of hollow pipes designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu and is meant to provide both an audible and visual experience. When the wind blows the tree produces discordant notes, not that it did when I was there but maybe the wind was the wrong sort of wind.

The Singing Ringing Tree


I have known about the East Lancashire Panopticons for a while now, so on the way back from Embsay the other week I took the opportunity to visit a couple of them.  Acording to Wikipedia a Panopticon is a structure providing a comprehensive view so the Tree performs that function by being situated on Crown Point high in the East Lancashire Hills above Burnley.

The Singing Ringing Tree is a metal structure of hollow pipes designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu and is meant to provide both an audible and visual experience. When the wind blows the tree produces discordant notes, not that it did when I was there but maybe the wind was the wrong sort of wind.

comments (10)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Sep 2009, 06:01
Never seen anything like it in all my life!
Les Auld: First time for me as well Chris, thanks for the comment.
Nothing if not original. Gives a whole new meaning to Tubular Bells!
Les Auld: Mike Oldfield would have a fit if he could hear the noise Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • SAVO
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2009, 06:39
A rather impressive arrangement of metal beautifully captured.
Les Auld: Thanks Savo, appreciate the comment.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2009, 10:13
It certainly has the look of a tree, standing out against the beautiful cloudy backdrop. I bet it's quite impressive to witness.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Close up it is Ingrid but from a distance it does look lost in the landscape. Thanks for the comment.
I bet this sounds quite erie at times.A great idea though Les.
Les Auld: I supose it could Ron, thanks for the comment.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 24 Sep 2009, 12:07
Brilliant! I'd love to visit this at the right time.
Les Auld: I think the right time would be sunrise or sunset Mary, thanks for the comment.
Superbly original! I wish I was there.
Les Auld: Not too far from you Richard, thanks for the comment.
Certainly a most unusual concept Les, it would be interesting to hear what it sounds like.
Les Auld: I'll go back there and find out Brian, thanks for the comment.
i like it. I think the original Panoptican was a kind of prison designed by Jeremy Bentham. A single warder could see into the cells of all the inmates.
Les Auld: I think I have also seen that definition somewhere Ian, thanks for the comment.
Very bizzare structure Les.
Les Auld: Truly strange Bernie, thanks for the comment.

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