New Orleans, Louisiana: The Singing Oak

A large wind chime sculpture has been built into the branches of a 180-year-old oak tree.
Lelong Drive, New Orleans, LA
From Wisner Blvd, just west of the Fairgrounds, turn west onto Lelong Drive, into City Park. Park along the road. Walk to the right, into the park, and you'll see a big tree next to the lake, all by itself, with two benches under it. That's the Singing Oak.
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The Singing Oak

Largest wind chime sculpture in America. It is made of seven wind chimes, tuned to play as one, hidden in a 180-year-old live oak. The largest chime is 14 feet long, the smallest is 30 inches. The chimes are tuned to the pentatonic scale, which is the same scale used by west African music, early gospel, and jazz -- linking it to the roots of New Orleans music history. On a windy day it seems as if an organ is hidden in the tree.

The sculpture was designed and built by New Orleans native Jim Hart, to celebrate the park's rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

[Anne London, 08/09/2013]

We've seen larger wind chimes, but maybe no larger "wind chime sculptures."

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