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The Traffic Tree

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Oct 10, 2008   Updated: Aug 11 2011 • References: citynoise.org and neatorama
The best public art mimics nature, as Pierre Vivant's Traffic Light Tree does. This giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights is in London adjacent to a roundabout near Canary Wharf.

Pierre Vivant's Traffic Light Tree was created by the Public Art Commissions Agency. I imagine this would confuse tourists considerably; traffic circles are confusing enough, even for veteran drivers. The light cycles of the Traffic Light Tree are meant to mimic the constant action at Canary Wharf.

Implications - Inventor Pierre Vivant claims the sculpture follows the rhythmic patterns of surrounding activities, whether they are commercial, professional or domestic. The sculpture is intended to imitate the London Plane Trees which lie adjacently to it.