Tree traffic light

Van Mensvoort
February 20th 2006

Funded and produced by the Public Art Commissions Agency. On roundabout just beyond the Canary Wharf estate there are three trees, two are London planes; the third is a traffic light tree; Pierre Vivant's eternal tree replaced another London plane as it was dying.

The arbitrary cycle of light changes are not supposed to mimic the seasonal rhythm of nature, but the restlessness of Canary Wharf.

Born in Paris in 1952 Pierre Vivant has been commuting between his Oxford and Paris Studios since 1973 producing and exhibiting work on both sides of the Channel.

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Posted 23/02/2006 – 20:21

This is a good nextnature image, because it makes me look different at traffic lights. How come we are so conformed that we stop at a red trafficlight anyway? Indeed traffic lights are the trees of next nature.

Posted 21/02/2006 – 04:22

Yellow is ugly.

Posted 21/02/2006 – 03:12

Bullseye Karl! This traffic light tree is one of the best next nature images I have ever seen!

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