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Panopticons – Singing-Ringing Tree

  • On August 6, 2009


At Crown Point high above Burnley town UK the ‘Singing-Ringing Tree’ — a unique musical sculpture in the form of a tree appears to bend against the endless winds that pass over the hills. Designed by award-winning architects Tonkin-Liu. The wind produces a low and mellow hum through pipes which are tuned so that they do not disturb the wildlife.

It was designed as one of four large-scale sculptures commissioned, designed and constructed over a six year period in the North West of England.



It involved the construction of series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), across East Lancashire, England, as symbols of the renaissance of the area. An interesting article by the independent newspaper can be found here.


  1. Excellent work very inspiring I wonder if there was used some kind of parametric system for the development of this project, very good job thanks for sharing.

  2. Wendy Hartwig

    What an amazing structure. I never would have discovered this, if i hadn`t googled, “The Singing Ringing Tree” , the 1960`s scary childrens film.
    I would like to see the sculpture for myself one day.

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