The SINGING TREE in England which makes music through air

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Where is the Singing Tree located? – Crown Point Rd, Burnley BB11, UK

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This tree-like structure you see in the above picture was designed by award-winning architects, Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu as a part of the project by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network to build many landmarks on the countryside in 2006. It was built in Burnley, England.

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It is made up of galvanized steel pipes and stands tall at the height of 3 meters. The pipes are placed in a specific manner in which, when the wind blows through the pipes, it creates a melody. Every melody produced is unique as no two winds are the same. Each pipe’s sound varies due to its length and narrow slits on the underside. The music produced by the tree is extremely beautiful to listen to and it covers several octaves. Octaves are a series of eight notes occupying the interval between (and including) two notes, one having twice or half the frequency of vibration of the other.(Wiki)


The site at Burnley was once that of a re-diffusion transmission station, complete with a run-down brick building and unused telegraph lines. The station was dismantled and the lines cut down to be recycled, to make way for the Tree that was to stand out against the stark, rolling landscape of the Pennine mountain range.

The Tree is one of four “panopticons” scattered in Lancashire. The chosen panopticons (a term coined by late 19th-century philosopher Jeremy Bentham meaning “a space or device providing a panoramic view”) include the Tree; The Atom of Pendle, designed by Peter Meacock and Katarina Novomestska; the Colourfields in Blackburn, designed by Jo Rippon Architecture and artist Sophie Smallhorn; and the Haslingden Halo, designed by LandLab architect John Kennedy.


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