Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree
This bit of public art blends nature with traffic in one confusing sculpture. It’s Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree. A giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights in London. For some reason it’s parked next to a roundabout near Canary Wharf.
It was created by the Public Art Commissions Agency and it’s sure to confuse tourists, since roundabouts are confusing all by themselves. Remember the Griswolds in that Vacation movie? The light cycles of the Tree/Traffic Light mimic the action of Canary Wharf, imitating the landscape, while the light patterns match the rhythm of the domestic, financial and commercial goings on. Pretty strange, but neat.