The Singing Ringing Tree

Crown Point, Burnley, United Kingdom

2009

Highly Commended

The Singing Ringing Tree is a musical sculpture in the landscape. The ‘tree’ is constructed from 320 galvanized steel tubes of varying length and divided into 21 layers. To create flutes, slots were added to 25 of the tubes. It sits on top of a hill above the English town of Burnley and takes the form of a tree bending in the wind and uses those winds to produce a low, tuneful song. Galvanized steel was chosen because it is strong, stiff and durable and therefore able to withstand the rigours of the exposed location.