Green, orange, red…..STOP!!!!

This bit of public art blends nature with traffic in one confusing sculpture. It’s Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree, located  next to a roundabout near Canary Wharf (London). It’s a  giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights. Vivant’s eternal tree replaced another London plane as it was dying, maybe because of pollution.
For some reason it’s parked there: the cycle of light changes are not supposed to mimic the seasonal rhythm of nature, but the restlessness and action of Canary Wharf. The light cycles of the Traffic Light Tree imitate the landscape that we can see in the cities.
I think this can be a kind of metaphor that rapresents our busy cities’ rhythm and busy domestic, financial and commercial goings on. Can you imagine taking a drive anywhere without encountering a traffic signal? Traffic signals are so omnipresent today, they are a part of the landscape city!


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