Upset as Westferry Traffic Light Tree removed
The loss of a Canary Wharf icon is being mourned.
Last weekend Tower Hamlets Council began work to remove the Traffic Light Tree from the roundabout at Westferry causing upset among those living and working in the area.
The sculpture, which has 75 flashing lights, is seen by many as part of the area's history and in 2005 it led to Westferry winning a competition to find the best roundabout in the country.
On Twitter, Dan Hopchet said: "They definitely are tearing down the Traffic Light Tree! #ridiculous something better replace it."
Chris Ballard added: "Nooo, they've dismantled the traffic light tree. That was a canary wharf icon."
In August, rumours surfaced Tower Hamlets Council, which owned the tree, was planning to take it away as part of a remodelling of the roundabout.
The Wharf reported talks were ongoing between borough officials and housing association Poplar Harca to move it to a new site.
On Thursday morning, no-one from the Council was available for comment about the removal or where the sculpture was going.
The tree was the work of French sculptor Pierre Vivant and put in place in 1998. It was originally erected to replace one of three London plane trees which were at Westferry Road.
Made of steel, the eight metres high model is controlled by computers.
In 2005, Westferry was voted the country's best roundabout in a survey of 3,000 drivers by Saga Motor Insurance.
At the time of its erection, Vivant said: "The sculpture imitates the natural landscape of the adjacent London plane trees, while the changing pattern of the lights reveals and reflects the never ending rhythm of the surrounding domestic, financial and commercial activities."