Traffic Light Tree – London, England - Atlas Obscura
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London, England

Traffic Light Tree

A student driver's nightmare. 

Once located in the junctions of Westferry Road, Heron Quay Bank and Marsh Wall, this traffic light mutation was moved to BIllingsgate Market.

This eight-metre-tall stoplight “tree” changes its 75 sets of lights in a random order, no doubt much to the confusion of unprepared drivers. 

Designed by artist Pierre Vivant in 1998, the changing patterns of the “Traffic Light Tree” were meant to reflect the “never ending rhythm of the surrounding domestic, financial and commercial activities.”

Know Before You Go

Can be seen at Billingsgate Market, at Trafalgar Way.


From the Underground, take the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf. When you get outside, turn right to walk up the stairs to the street. Turn right and keep walking down the same street as it curves around and goes over some water. The tree will be at the end in the middle of a roundabout across from the market.