The promised metal trees slated to adorn downtown London are soon to become a reality. The first of 30 trees, mostly funded with mandatory fees paid by downtown business owners to the London Downtown Business Association, will be planted near the end of June. The cost is $200,000 and counting.
The trees are hollow metal tubes, bent to resemble trunks and the leaves are cut from sheet metal and welded on. In total, 15 different species will be on display and the first is slated to be planted June 18, with the rest taking about two weeks to be installed.Cyclists will be happy to know that the branches are high enough from the ground to prevent injury. Graffiti "artists" are looking forward to tagging the five meter high trees, especially as the canvases we call mailboxes are already covered with other artist's markings. An increase in tourism is not expected by rational thinking people.