Eerie Musical Sculpture: The Singing Ringing Tree, East of Lancashire, England


Looking like the wreckage of an Alien space craft, this Futuristic Sculpture is Art Jim, but not as we know it. This sculpture creates an eerie, unearthly music as the wind whistles through the steel tubes. This strange sound increases at sunrise when the wind becomes more intense. It is one of the few sculptures to have won a Royal Institute of British Architects award.

Described as a Panopticon, this sculpture commands spectacular views above Burnley from Crown Point. Seen in the background is Pendle Hill, famous for the PENDLE WITCHES. Maybe the myth lives on in the sculpture. The Singing Ringing Tree was commisioned by a forward thinking Burnley Council and designed by Tonkin Liu Architects. I really like it! What about you?

How to find the artwork
From the M65 J10, take the turning off the roundabout signposted to Burnley. At the next roundabout take the first exit and stay in the right-hand lane. At the traffic lights turn right (NB: it looks more like a fork in the road than a right turn). At the next roundabout go all the way round and take the A682 signposted to Rawtenstall. The turning for Crown Point is on the left directly opposite The Bull pub, which is the very last building on your right as you leave Burnley. The Singing Ringing Tree is signposted with a brown tourist sign marked ‘Tree Panopticon’. Follow the road until you come to the car park for Singing Ringing Tree. You can now see the Tree a little way off. A gravel path leads you from the car park to the Tree.

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