1. The Singing Ringing Tree is aptly named. A 3-meter-tall, wind-powered musical sculpture made of galvanized steel pipes, it stands high above the English town of Burnley. The pipes swirl to form the shape of a tree bent and blown by the wind, and produce an eerie, melodious hum as the constant wind on Crown Point drifts through them. The Singing Ringing Tree's pipes are used for both aesthetic qualities as well as for tuning, with their sound varied according to length and added narrow slits on the underside of specific pipes. The sound produced by these twisted metal trees covers several octaves and is said to be simultaneously discordant and melancholy, and intensely beautiful.

    Completed in 2006, the Tree was designed by award-winning architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. 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 Pennines.

    In 2007, the sculpture won the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.

    The Panopticons project was managed by Mid Pennine Arts - find out more about it on our website:

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  4. This was the first in the series of projects that form the Talking Shop programme which followed on from pilot project 'Shopkeepers'.

    The project took place in spring 2006 when photographer Andy Ford took his camera to local shops and businesses in selected areas of Burnley, and his lively and colourful images were exhibited at the Mid Pennine Gallery. A series of workshops was held for local schools and community groups and to extend the reach of the exhibition, it also toured to the three HMR districts involved in the project, using RIBA’s Architruck. Artist Lucy Bergman returned to 4 shop keepers in September 2007 to capture the stories of the shopkeepers and produced a DVD.

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  5. Halo is situated on Top o’ Slate, a former quarry and landfill site in the hills about Haslingden, Lancashire. It was completed in September 2007 and was the fourth in the Panopticons series. Panopticons was a unique and ambitious project, managed by Mid Pennine Arts, to erect a series of 21st century landmarks across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.
    Halo was designed by John Kennedy, the winner of an international competition sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Pennine Lancashire's Panopticons are a unique series of 21st century landmarks.

Panopticon (noun) structure, space or device providing a comprehensive or panoramic view.

They were designed to attract visitors into the countryside to enjoy the…

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Pennine Lancashire's Panopticons are a unique series of 21st century landmarks.

Panopticon (noun) structure, space or device providing a comprehensive or panoramic view.

They were designed to attract visitors into the countryside to enjoy the stunning landscapes that this delightful area has to offer. Each Panopticon is situated on a high-point site commanding spectacular views.

From Colourfields, in Blackburn's Corporation Park, you can enjoy a widespread panorama of the park below, with the town beyond and distant views out towards Lytham, Southport and Fleetwood.

From Singing Ringing Tree, on Crown Point above Burnley, look north for a superb view of Pendle Hill or east for a glimpse of the Cliviger wind turbines on the Yorkshire border. In between there is a panoramic overview 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.

From Atom, nestling on the hillside high above Wycoller village, there are breathtaking views of the Pendle landscape all around, including the historic settlement of Wycoller, now a conservation area.

From Halo, the centrepiece of a former landfill site on Top o' Slate above Haslingden, you can enjoy commanding views of the Rossendale Valley, Greater Manchester and into Hyndburn, Burnley and Ribble Valley.

Further information can be found at: midpenninearts.org.uk/panopticons/

"These Panopticons will be assets for Pennine Lancashire. Through them you will be able to see the beauty of the region and also the future of this region." Anthony Wilson, Project Champion

"People are enjoying the quirky originality of the Panopticons and at the same time discovering the beautiful countryside around them. They are taking pride in showing them off to visitors. I see the Panopticons as being a relaunch of the 'can do' creativity of this wonderful part of the world." Wayne Hemingway, Project Champion

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