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The Singing Ringing Tree

By RWPhotoGraphix  
The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine mountain range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England.

Completed in 2006, it is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration 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), across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, the Singing Ringing Tree is a 3 metre tall construction comprising pipes of galvanised steel which harness the energy of the wind to produce a slightly discordant and penetrating choral sound covering a range of several octaves. Some of the pipes are primarily structural and aesthetic elements, while others have been cut across their width enabling the sound. The harmonic and singing qualities of the tree were produced by tuning the pipes according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.

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

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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
27 Aug 2012 1:19AM
I love this idea, would love to hear it
Your toning suits the image nicely!

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27 Aug 2012 4:24AM
One can say it is a commanding spectacle.. a spectacle speaking of high energy (perhaps cosmic).. and the tone and the ragged ground presents it with much rawness.. Indicates a significant event like a battle between us and aliens which is going to happen soon and disturb the peace.. In fact it appears like a very advanced gun..

a presentation of the high order.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
27 Aug 2012 5:36AM
Definitely constructed for a mono photo - the clouds add a lot to the striking surreal beauty of the image - I love it Smile
NDODS Plus
5 5.0k 125 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 5:42AM
A venue which I have already jotted down in my diary. I don;t know how I am going to get up to see and admire such a great piece of work, but that is only a glitch in my planes, "I shall overcome". Back to you images Sir, the monochrome is somewhat quite inspirational, great tonal range, which has left me in awe. The colour, not as effective, however still very much beautifully crafted, processed and presented.

Regards Nathan
27 Aug 2012 7:43AM
So different and pleasing to the eye.........GrinGrin Great tones....deserves to do well.........WinkWink
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
27 Aug 2012 8:46AM
A fascinating structure and a shame we can't hear, but all the more reason for a visit. A well-composed image, and excellent processing, the sky is phenomenal.

Dave
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 10:04AM
Amazing sky, such a great image
27 Aug 2012 11:31AM
Wow thanks so much for everyones comment/votes and awards! Can't believe it but what a great site to see! Im shocked but very thrilled at same time Smile will be uploading a few more of this panopticon in the next few days so keep checking back Smile lol
I highly recommend everyone to have a look at this place, I added a location on the map, so hopefully u can all visit soon! The view is breath taking! Although sadly no wind when we went up, but if you look on you tube you can hear how creepy this sounds in full effect Smile
gwynn56 4 87 England
27 Aug 2012 2:17PM
nice cloud effects , though i prefer version 2 as it shows the sun going down Smile
27 Aug 2012 6:21PM
lovely idea, would love to hear it, colur for me
Source 6
27 Aug 2012 10:54PM
Excellent
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cuffit Plus
9 263 3 England
1 Sep 2012 3:25PM
A great photograph. I like the black and white and the addition of the colour shot is also a bonus - I enjoyed them both. Odd that we don't seem to have seen more of this impressive scene? I don't recall seeing it before (that is not to say it hasn't featured as there are so many photos to look at). Chris

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