301 – The Singing Tree Mandala

The Singing Tree in Lancashire
The Singing Tree in Lancashire
designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu

Today’s MotD incorporates both a visual AND an audio. From Lancashire, England I present: The Singing Ringing Tree. It is an amazing wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley.

Completed in 2006, the Tree was designed by award-winning architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. It’s just stunning…and check out all of those tubular mandalas!

About The Singing Tree as stated on the Mid Pennine Arts site:

A 3-meter-tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes, it stands high above the English town of Burnley. The pipes swirl to form the shape of a tree bent and blown by the wind, and produce an eerie, melodious hum as the constant wind on Crown Point drifts through them. The Singing Ringing Tree’s pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves and is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful.

Until I saw this on facebook yesterday, I had yet to learn of its existence. So now on my next trip to England, I must include a trip to all four of Pennine Lancashire’s Panopticons, of which The Singing Tree is one.

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