Traffic light tree returns to Canary Wharf
After two years in storage since it was removed from Westferry, the traffic light tree is preparing to return.
Work begins on Monday to place the sculpture at its new home near Billingsgate Fish Market. It should be in place in four weeks time.
It comes after it was dug as part of the restructuring of the roundabout at Westferry Road.
Transport for London said a new pedestrian crossing at the site meant it could not go back.
Above, how the tree should look in its new home - towerhamlets.gov
However, following a lengthy campaign by Blackwall and Cubitt Town councillor Gloria Thienel to have the tree return, Tower Hamlets Council carried out feasibility studies on a site at Millwall Park and the other near Billingsgate and McDonalds on the roundabout of Trafalgar Way.
The latter was chosen as the preferred option.
The electrical works on the tree have been completed. Foundation work began on Monday and should be finished by mid-October.
Two trees will be removed to install the piling rig. The works will see traffic down to one lane between 10am and 3pm on the roundabout for each day of the works.
The art piece, which is eight metres tall and has 75 sets of flashing lights, was designed by Pierre Vivant.
It was installed near Canary Wharf in 1998 in place of a dying plane tree.
The Public Art Commission Agency said the light changes represented "the restlessness of Canary Wharf".