Do you love watching fantasy movies?
Movies that have magical things like glowing animals, flying fishes and talking trees?
I do. And when I came to know that there is a tree in the UK which ‘SINGS’, I was head over heels.
Well, this tree isn’t exactly a real tree, to begin with. But, the sound this metal tree produces is every bit mesmerizing and melodious.
What was the idea behind this tree?
East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN) was planning to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks in East Lancashire, as symbols of the renaissance of the area. That’s when they conceived the idea of a singing tree.
It took the time and dedication of talented artists for a period of almost 6 years to complete this masterpiece.
What is the secret behind the tree?
Architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu designed this masterpiece out of galvanized steel pipes. They crafted a 3-meter tall tree-shaped structure which would harness the wind energy and produce a slightly discordant and penetrating choral sound.
And the most beautiful part is that it covers a range of several octaves with the sound it produces.
You might ask how come pipes can make give out such melodies when no one is actually playing it? Well, the entire credit goes to the super talented architects who tuned the pipes according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.
Pretty brilliant, eh?
And just so you know, some of the pipes are primarily structural and visual elements, while others have been cut across their width enabling the sound.
Where is this magical tree?
The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind-powered sound sculpture. And with the picturesque landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England, this singing tree works perfectly well to amplify its beauty.
The architects also claim that every time you sit under the tree, you will hear a different melody. Alas, I can’t fly to the UK right now, but I can sure as hell hear how it sounds. Thanks to YouTube.
Watch the video here:
This tree has won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence and last year, a second Singing Tree was installed in a small town called Manor. It is located in the outskirts of Austin, Texas in the United States.
So, you can even travel to the USA if the UK is far from your reach.
Now you know, where on earth can you witness something peaceful and magical. So, the next time you plan to travel, make sure you have this tree on top of your list.