There's a chance you could be driving past a cell phone tower every day and not know it, because some of these behemoth structures of technology are disguised to resemble surrounding trees.
It's a fascinating attempt to hide the human effect on nature that started 21 years ago in Denver, according to Wired. While it seems inventive to conceal a large cell tower in a natural environment like the Mile High City, it's also pricey -- the report also states that the "fake tree" look for a cell tower could cost as much as $150,000.
Our need for widespread cell phone reception requires more and more cell towers to be erected. Then, when they're sitting in plain sight, 300 feet tall and a silvery hue that glows on sunny days, we complain that they're an eyesore. As you can see in the photos above, some of the towers take on a nearly identical look to surrounding trees while others are so poorly concealed that they probably should have just been left undressed.
One thing seems clear about these eyesores-turned-tree-imitators: The idea of disguising cell towers is catching on worldwide. According to a FastCoExist article, these towers have been seen in South Africa, Portugal, Italy and other places, so the idea that was born in America appears to be blossoming elsewhere.
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