Burnley Singing Ringing Tree in top 10 ‘strange instruments’

Singing Ringing Tree
Singing Ringing Tree

Crown Point’s Singing Ringing Tree sound sculpture has been named in a distinguished author’s top 10 list of “sound art” in the world.

Trevor Cox, who travelled the world searching for bizarre instruments and sounds has placed the 3m high architectural prize winner at number eight on his list.

The sculpture uses the prevailing westerly winds blowing across the ends of the structure’s pipes to “generate discordant and haunting sounds to accompany the view from Crown Point”. Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006, the piece won a Royal Institute of British Architects Award soon after its installation.

Mr Cox, a physics expert and lecturer, ranked the piece alongside other weird and wonderful installations from around the world for his book, “Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound”. Other entries include an orchestra made from vegetables in Vienna and an ice instrument from Norway.

Explaining why the piece had been included in his list, Mr Cox, a professor of Acoustic Engineering at Salford University commented: “It’s unusual and unique in that it is a permanent piece of sound art. I would definitely encourage people to go and have a look at it.”