Sitting down to recharge your batteries has taken on a whole new meaning in Bristol’s Millennium Square, thanks to an art installation called The Energy Tree.
The solar panels store energy which is fed through those pipes you can see above the bench. These allow visitors to sit down, relax, and recharge the batteries in their mobile phones.
I went to Bristol by train recently and was surprised to find this bright pink Gumdrop near the ticket barrier. I whipped out my camera to take this photo, much to the amusement of the ticket attendant.
“That’s new, how long has it been here?” I asked her.
“Oh about a year”, she replied. So much for my powers of observation then.
“Not only that”, chimed in a fellow passenger, “it’s made out of recycled chewing gum.”
I looked more closely and by gum, she’s right…