The Singing Ringing Tree

As you may remember, I was surprised that I had never featured The Singing Ringing Tree before on one of my posts. We visited this sculpture a couple of years ago for my birthday, so it inspired this page – I hope you like it (grin!).

I started by adding the image of The Singing Ringing Tree, which was from an old magazine, using a glue stick; it was edged with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I coloured the white areas of the page by stamping a Steampunk Background stamp and the “Explore, Discover, Journey” wording using Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink and adding some Hickory Smoke and Salty Ocean Distress Ink. The letters were die cut using Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits set by Tim Holtz and were cut from some silver corrugated cardstock. I covered the letters using Silver Grey lustre wax and black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to give it a grungy metallic appearance. Before sticking them in place I added some Pébéo white gesso over the stamped areas to push the colour back and then I stuck the letters down using Liquitex matte gel medium. I outlined the right-hand side of the letters using a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more and then to finish, I added three metal music notes using Ranger Glossy Accents.

Reminded of our visit, I also found some of our photos to share with you (grin!). The singing ringing tree is located a little way from the road so we parked and then walked to the sculpture; Panopticon means “structure providing a comprehensive view”.

It was a short trek to The Singing Ringing Tree which is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree and set in the landscape of the Pennine Hill range overlooking Burnley in Lancashire.

This 3-metre (10 ft) tall sculpture was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu and has amazing views across the Pennine Moors.

It comprises of galvanised steel pipes; some are structural and others are cut across their width to produce sound by harnessing the energy of the wind.

It was a windy day when we visited so we got to hear the haunting sounds of The Singing Ringing Tree, if you are interested to hear the sounds and see more of the view please check out this video.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a photo that you may remember of me with my cup of green tea and a Chorley cake which was actually bought the same day that we visited this sculpture – Happy T Day!

You can find out more about Chorley Cakes which are a sweet treat here in Lancashire on my previous post Use Your Scraps; the title of this post also reminded me to wish Elizabeth a very Happy bEARTHday for later this week!

I hope that you’re staying safe and well. x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Old magazine image
  • Pritt Stick
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamps (Steampunk Background DCE907128)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Traveller MIN-CCS103)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Hickory Smoke)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (Alphanumeric Bold 665205)
  • Wilkos (Corrugated Cardstock – Silver)
  • Craf-T Products Lustre Rub-ons (Color Kit #4 – Silver Grey)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • The Works (Metal Musical Notes)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today which are:

Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to host this month but sadly passed away shortly after her heart surgery last month – she is greatly missed! I’m so pleased to be able to remember her by joining AJJ with my page which was inspired by The Singing Ringing Tree.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #142 – Anything Goes with my page.

LTCCB#57 – April Anything Goes over at Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my Singing Ringing Tree mixed media page.

25 thoughts on “The Singing Ringing Tree

  1. This is amazing, Jo. I was truly impressed with your journal page and your photos of the Singing Ringing Tree. One of the things that impressed me was how you treated the magazine image. That would be a great way to cover something on the page you didn’t want shown. You always come up with the best solutions. Thank you for inspiring me and for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey honoring Eileen’s theme.

    I loved seeing your Chorley cake and green tea with all that art in the background. Thank you, too for the bEARTHday wishes, along with your lovely art, Chorley cake, and tea this almost Tuesday.

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  2. That is so cool!! The sounds are a bit ghostly and eerie. How nice to take memories like this and preserve them on a journal page. Love that pic of you obviously happy to have that Chorley cake to nibble on:) Happy T day!


  3. That is such a fascinating structure Jo. I enjoyed the video too. When I first saw it on your page I was wondering what it was. It looks almost alien, until you look at it for awhile. The sounds it makes does seem like it belongs on the moors. I like how your page feels like the sound on the moor. And that chorley cake is huge. I remember when you first shared it with us. Glad you shared it again for T. Hope you have a great T and new week. Hugs-Erika

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  4. What a great sculpture. I have never heard of this but I enjoyed seeing the pictures, your journal page and a little about the sculpture. Love that picture of you eating the Chorley cake. Definitely a keeper.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  5. That’s an interesting use of the word “panopticon.” I was familiar with it as a more specific word meaning a type of prison where the guards can see all the prisoners from various perspectives. That tree is also very interesting.

    best… mae at

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  6. Amazing art-work! A bit scary if you don´t know where the sound comes from!
    Wow, that is some piece of work.

    Love-love-love your pic!

    Happy T-day, Oh, I´m so happy to find so many things that make me laugh or smile. Thank you.

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  7. Jo what an amazing piece of artwork, I’ve never heard of it before, must be amazing to hear it.
    we always said we would spend a holiday walking the Pennine way, sadly we never made it but we have done parts of it, beautiful scenery
    Happy T Day
    Jan X

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  8. A fabulous post Jo, and a seamless page – I cannot see where the picture ends and your work starts it is brilliant. Despite living not far away from the Singing Ringing Tree I have never seen or heard it before. Thanks for the video which accompanied your post. One thing I can tell you is that Crown Point was a well known place for couples to go after a night out in Burnley after the disco at the Cat’s Whiskers. I’ll leave it there – but hasten to add I never went in my youth.
    Love Chorley cakes with a bit of butter on. Gosh it is a while since I had one of those. Might just have to go and get a bit of flour going in the kitchen, you have whetted my appetite.
    This post has been particularly poignant to me being a “lass in the valley” many years ago.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  9. Hi Jo, what a great way to commemorate your visit to this cool sculpture. Sounds very scary to me. I wonder if any horror movies have used its sounds — it would work! lol That chorley cake is huge! It reminds me of jam cakes over here in the States back when I was growing up, although they were nowhere near as big. Have a great week! XOX

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  10. So cool! I’m thinking there must be some way to get a mini-one one that would serve as a wind chime substitute on my patio 😉 I loved the video. What a wonderful sculpture to be able to visit. I checked out the Wikipedia article you linked to, and now I’m googling Aeolian harps. Fun! Happy T Tuesday

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  11. Wow! That is so cool as well as your journal page. Really mesmerizing to listen to. I wonder if that’s what inspired Stephen Moffat to create the Singing Towers of Darillium in Doctor Who. I can’t stop listening! Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day

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  12. your pic is so cute, never heard of chorley cake but looks delish. We’ve been watching season two of best british bakery and learning about lots of new to us concoctions

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  13. It always amazes me what you will come up with next, Jo! This is a fabulous page to remind you of your trip to see the singing tree. Never heard of that, but am delighted I got to ‘visit’ it today! It reminds me a little bit of Big Bambu, a giant sculpture by my high school besties, Doug and Mike Starn, identical twins. Found this short video on it – Back in high school they were into funky photography that they would hand color. They would make me a card for every occasion, including their attendance at a Grateful Dead concert. Sadly, I’ve thrown them out a long time ago, and I’ve lost touch with Doug and Mike. I can never remember a time when they did anything separately–even in art class they were allowed to work on one project together. Well, I had better get ready for the day! Have a wonderful weekend!

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