The Listening Tree is a tree-like sculpture comprised of various lengths and diameters of hollow polished stainless steel tubing, located at the entrance to St. Luke's Park in Ottawa, Ontario.
Standing fifteen feet tall, with branches that reach out over the entrance pathway, it welcomes visitors to the park and complements the existing tree canopy, helping to frame the main park view.
The Listening Tree was designed to have a strong visual impact and to be visually engaging from any vantage point, but it is also a sound sculpture.
Its sonic component comes from a group of shorter pipes which wrap around The Listening Tree in a bark-like fashion on the side opposite the main branches.
Certain pipes from within this group, slotted and closed on both ends, channel the wind at varying times, creating a series of shifting tones.
The street presence of The Listening Tree is greatly enhanced at night through LED uplighting.