Cell Towers 2008

Some cell towers are actually decorated well, most are not. Most are grotesque aberrations of trees. Almost all of them are so far out of scale from the surrounding landscape that anything other than manifesting them as just a tower is hideous. Cell Towers is a salute to these often ridiculous efforts by officially naming the cellular towers as they have been decorated. As landscape architects, how are we dealing with cellular towers in the visual space that is part of our work? More times than not, the landscape architect is merely hired to shrub up the base around the tower, as if this is somehow going to reduce the tower’s impact on the visual space above it. So now when you drive down the highway, at least you will know what to call each one by name.