This Tree Leaves Tunes

Singing Ringing Tree Panopticons musical art

Fans of BBC’s Doctor Who might think they have encountered earth’s answer to the Singing Towers of Darillium when they visit Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Unlike that fictional place, where the Doctor and his wife spent their last night together, and where reservations have to be made four years in advance, this place is open to all without any need for advance booking.

Doctor Who River Song Singing Towers of Darillium

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and River Song (Alex Kingston) visit the Singing Towers of Darillium in the Doctor Who episode “The Husbands of River Song.”

Standing majestically in the midst of the hilly countryside, the Singing Ringing Tree attracts visitors with its artistic beauty and eerie melody. The tree, built as one of the four panopticons scattered throughout Lancashire, stands 9 meters high and is made of galvanized steel pipes. The structure gives the impression of a tree being blown by the wind.

As the wind (which rarely stops in that part of the country) blows through the pipes, it creates a constantly-changing tune — alternating between melancholy, eerie, and discordant.

See and listen to the Singing Ringing Tree here.

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