Thursday, October 1, 2015

There will be the second welded Singing Ringing Tree in the world

There are only two Singing Ringing Trees that exist in the world. One is Burnley's Singing Ringing Tree. The second will be in Austin, Texas, U.S.

Welding is not a job. It is an art:


This will be the first Ringing Singing Tree in the Western Hemisphere. Comprised of cascading pipes, this one-of-a-kind and historic art sculpture allows the wind to create such haunting and beautiful melodies.

The finished one will be installed in Austin, Texas within 6 months of its construction starting date in September 2015. Houston based JK Welding – Texas’s premier welding and metal fabricator has been tasked with building this strange, utterly amazing musical sculpture.  “We are thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking art project. It is not every day we get a chance to be part of history. The staff at JK Welding considers it a great honor to contribute its expertise to Austin’s public space,” said John King of JK Welding.

This Ringing Singing Tree is projected to stand about 17 feet tall and weighs 20 tons, being comprised of 22 levels of precision piping. This is a wind-powered musical sculpture resembling a tree set. It is strongly influenced by 2 like-designed arts in Britain and Saudi Arabia but designed by Royal Institute of British architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu. Its pipes of galvanized steel are welded together in concentric circles mimicking a tree bent because it is blown by the wind. When the wind whispers through those pipes, a melodious and haunting hum covering some octaves will usher out. Every time a guest rests underneath this incredible and inspiring music-based sculpture, they will get the chance to enjoy a different song.

You can enjoy one song Burnley's Ringing Singing Tree sings. (Alert: While some say it is beautiful, some think it sounds like the moaning of poor wandering souls in the depths of hell. Listen to it yourself and share your feeling).

King explains that steel pipes used to construct Austin's Singing Ringing Tree are fabricated from aesthetical qualities and toning. Particular narrow slits are added on the underside of the expertly placed pipes to create the desired sound.

Burnley's Singing Ringing Tree (England) has been recognized as one of globally friendly landmarks in the 21st century.  JK Welding hopes Austin’s sculpture will place the same impact on the Texan landscape.


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