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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With restrictions in England gradually easing and the weather getting warmer every week, many of us are looking for fun days out to go on with friends and family. Some of us will be flocking back to pubs and restaurants, others to zoos and theme parks, and some will be lacing up their walking boots and heading out in the countryside. One of the few industries that hasn't yet been able to open is galleries and museums, with the arts and culture world largely on lockdown until May 17 at the earliest. But if you want to get a fix of fresh air and a cultural hit at the same time, there's just the thing for you across the border in Lancashire. A series of hillside sculptures, known as the Panopticons, stand high above the north west region. Read More Related Articles The incredible Harry Potter location you can visit for free just outside Greater Manchester Read More Related Articles Keep up with an ever-changing Manchester with our free What's On newsletter The giant art works were created way back in the mid-2000s, as part of the regeneration project of the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network managed by Mid Pennine Arts. The plan was to have a public art work as an attraction in each of East Lancashire's boroughs, but only four were approved and erected. Each one has been built at a high point with views across its surrounding area. There are walks up to each one proposed by Mid Pennine arts too, which you can see at midpenninearts.org.uk/art Here's what the Panopticons are, and where you can find them. Atom (Image: Rossendale Free Press) Over in Pendle is the spaceship-like Atom, built on the hillside in Wycoller Country Park. Part of the sculpture - a polished steel ball at the centre - has been vandalised in the past and subsequently removed, but the structure that remains is still pretty awesome. Designed by Peter Meacock with Katarina Novomestska and Architecture Central Workshop, Atom was constructed in cement and coated in a metal-based paint, with circular viewing spaces cut into the frame.
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. The battery had fallen into disrepair since being installed in 1857, but the construction of Colourfields allowed the area to be preserved. A rainbow underfoot leads to a raised viewing point, and although the colours have faded over the years the views across the park and towards Lytham, Southport and Fleetwood are worth the trip alone. Colourfields is a collaboration between Jo Rippon Architecture and artist Sophie Smallhorn. Singing Ringing Tree
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Perhaps the most recognisable of the lot is the Singing Ringing Tree, a giant twist of metal that hums when the wind blows. It was built on Crown Point above Burnley in 2006 by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, standing at three metres tall. From here, you can look north for a view of Pendle Hill, or east to see the Coal Clough wind turbines, with a panoramic view over Burnley and Turf Moor in between. There's now a twin Singing Ringing Tree in Austin, Texas too. Halo
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With an 18m diameter perched five metres above the ground, Halo is one of the most impressive - and one of the nearest to Manchester - attractions in Lancashire. Halo is at its best after dark, when it glows a sky blue colour thanks to low-energy LEDs and a wind turbine and looks like a UFO hovering above Rossendale.
It's probably safest to hike up to it in broad daylight though, and is still a spectacle with the lights off. The wind turbine is currently damaged, according to Rossendale Borough Council, so the lights will be out of action for now anyway. It was designed by John Kennedy of LandLab. Have you visited any of the Panopticons and which is your favourite? Have your say in the comments below.
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