Cell Tower . . . Tree . . . Thing

by wjw on May 21, 2009

Kathy and I were driving through Albuquerque the other day and we saw this . . . object . . . on the horizon.

“What is that?” Kathy asked in bewilderment. “Is that a Norway spruce?”

No, it wasn’t. It was a cell phone tower cleverly disguised as a Norway spruce.

Kudos to whoever thought to make the cell tower look like something more pleasant and natural.

But next time, could you disguise your cell tower as a piece of vegetation native to New Mexico? A ponderosa? An aspen? Something that doesn’t look even more alien than a cell phone tower?

Rogue Trooper May 21, 2009 at 5:37 am

gerardrwalshWalter, these are common in SOuth Africa – disguised as palm tress, fir trees, etc. As far as I know, the designs were developed in South Africa as well.

Dave Bishop May 21, 2009 at 8:34 am

This immediately made me think of Philip K. Dick. Have you checked the local sheep – are they real? Perhaps a Dickian future is closer than we think!

0ccam May 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Disguised Cell Towers category on Waymarking.com

Carrie May 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm

That looks just like the pair of towers on Monument Hill north of Colorado Springs. They’ve been there for years and years, and are full of disguise fail, because while the pines actually match, they’re twenty feet taller than the surrounding trees.

Ralf the Dog May 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

My first thought was Freeman Dyson Disturbing The Universe where he talks about green VS brown technology and genetically engineered trees that double as power plants.

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