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Singing Ringing Tree - Panopticon

Type:Arts, Crafts & Galleries

Crown Point, Burnley, Lancashire

Tel: 01282 421 986

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Singing Ringing Tree - Panopticon
Design by Tonkin Liu.

Burnley's Panopticon, 'Singing Ringing Tree', is a unique musical sculpture which overlooks Burnley from its position high above the town on Crown Point.

Constructed from pipes of galvanised steel stacked in layers, this Panopticon takes the form of a tree bending to the winds and harnesses the energy of those winds to produce a low, tuneful song. In June 2007, Singing Ringing Tree was named winner of a National Award for architectural excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

'Singing Ringing Tree' is close to the Dunnockshaw Millennium Wood, part of the Forest of Burnley reforestation programme, and links to the Pennine Bridleway and local walking routes. Many native tree and bird species are to be observed.

The site offers a spectacular panorama of East Lancashire: to the north, a wonderful view of Pendle Hill; to the east, a glimpse of the Cliviger wind turbines on the Yorkshire border; and in between, a panoramic overview of the town of Burnley, with the famous Turf Moor football stadium at its centre. On a clear day you can see the Bowland Fells, Pendle, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Great Whernside.

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Road Directions

Singing Ringing Tree: Explorer OL12 South Pennines, 1:25 000 scale. Grid ref 848287

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 [for link text see below] is directly opposite The Bull pub, which is the very last building on your right as you leave Burnley. 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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Halo - Panopticon, RossendaleRossendale's Panopticon, 'Halo', is an 18m-diameter steel lattice structure supported on a tripod five metres above the ground.

Panopticons, LancashirePanopticons is the name of a unique series of 21st-century landmarks being erected across East Lancashire, from Blackburn to Pendle, with funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

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