A major London thoroughfare was brought to a standstill after a giant white ball installed as part of an art festival began wildly thrashing around in the wind, according to reports and social media posts.
The massive white object — likened to the Death Star in “Star Wars” — was erected above the Oxford Circus junction for the city’s Lumiere festival, The Evening Standard reported.
But during rush hour Wednesday, 25 mph winds furiously blew the orb around — causing it to nearly hit the tops of buses, images posted on Twitter show.
“Who could predict that installing a giant balloon above Oxford Circus on the windiest day of the year would go horribly wrong,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Why exactly is there a giant ball in Oxford Circus?” questioned another. “What purpose could it possibly have worth holding up all that traffic for?”
High winds likely caused the decoration to become untethered and tangled up with Christmas lights, according to the Evening Standard. Buses were diverted and suffered major delays.
Workers eventually removed the installation as an apparent safety precaution, and the roads were reopened, the outlet reported.
Twitter user Edward Swift posted a picture of the flattened orb lowered to the ground, with workers surrounding it.
“#OxfordCircus being closed off – guessing they’re bringing Skywalker in to deal with the Death Star?” Swift said, adding in a second post that the giant ball is “looking a bit saggy now.”
The Lumiere London Festival began in 2016 to display works that light the city’s buildings and public spaces. This year’s festivities will run from Jan. 18-21, with installations in King’s Cross, the West End, Westminster, Victoria and the South Bank.