This canvas wants to bring forward the theme music in my series Arts in the Dark. The third installation features a singing tree at the center of a wind hose that makes it produce a slightly discordant and penetrating choral sound covering a range of several octaves.

The theme has also inspired different musicians like

Whistling in the Dark (album), a 1979 album by Max Gronenthal, also known as Max Carl

Whistling in The Dark, a 2008 album by Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys

Whistling in the Dark, a 2006 album by Terry Garland

“Whistling in the Dark”, a song by Easterhouse

“Whistling in the Dark”, a song by They Might Be Giants from Flood

If you say that someone is whistling in the dark, you mean that they are trying to remain brave and convince themselves that the situation is not as bad as it seems.

That’s why Singing Ringing Tree is set in the landscape of the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England. The project was set up to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

Whistling in the Dark is also a 1933 American pre-Code comedy-mystery film directed by Elliott Nugent and starring Ernest Truex and Una Merkel. The plot concerns a mystery writer whose scheme for a perfect murder comes to the attention of a gangster, who plans to use it.

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