Cactus cellular tower in Arizona

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  1. Jake0748 says:

    The photo is super.  But I immediately have to wonder, who is paying for this?  

    • Phone company I suppose.

      • Jake0748 says:

         And who pays the phone company?  That’s my point.

        • We all pay the phone company but you seem to think this pseudo-cactus costs money. In fact I think it saves money. Local authorities will either require more money up front for it or prohibit entirely a conventional cellular array. Making it look like a cactus doesn’t really cost much. Just a plastic case on the outside and they probably make thousands of the things. Also it keeps the weather off and allows the operator to use a more optimum location, thus saving electronic gear and energy.

        • bumblebeeeeeee says:

          Cactus or no tower. 

          Telecomms Act 1996 prevents local jurisdictions regulating the placement of towers which meet FCC safety regulations. But local governments can apply community planning standards (namely visual control).

        • bumblebeeeeeee says:

          And who does the phone company pay massive annual dividends to?

          (edit as nested reply doesn’t work), they are public traded companies, so feel free to buy some shares)

    • SedanChair says:

      It’s a joint venture between Greenpeace and the Illuminati.

      (serious answer: I imagine the phone company is complying with local beautification laws)

      • Jake0748 says:

         Oh, I so much wanted to just put a thumbs-up after the first part of your reply.  But then… beautification laws?  In what world is a giant, fake, rubber/plastic cactus beautiful? 

        • Gekko_Gecko says:

          Hmm, you must be new to Earth ( yep, thats the world where a giant, fake, rubber/plastic cactus is more beautiful than an isolated, exposed and unsightly cell tower )

          Welcome to Earth. I hope you enjoy your stay.

    • theophrastvs says:

      yeah…  where there’s apparently few around to be offended we do an impressive job of camouflage, (can you imagine how they have to instruct new service folk to find it?)   but where there are lots of people and still beautiful sights (mountains over a city scape) then screw-you-here-are-our-cell-towers.   so… cynically, i’m suspecting there’s a rich bastards’ ranch in the immediate reverse angle.

    • dragonfrog says:

      Wile E. Coyote.

  2. This type of cellular array is very popular with Christian churches in Australia. I haven’t seen any synagogues and mosques getting into the act yet.

    edit: Here is a better angle

  3. Gerald Mander says:

    It’s Phil Dick’s world. We’re just living in it.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Ours are all palm trees until you get out of the desert, and then they have ones that look like conifers.  The conifers aren’t bad, and that saguaro in the post is quite convincing, but the palm trees are horribly fake-looking.

    • Joe Vanegas says:

      The cell companies have come up with some good camouflage designs, and some that are less convincing. I’ve worked with cell tower installers, and they are well aware that some designs are better than others. Some poor ones exist to satisfy poorly written regulations. My group found that the companies visual-impact minimization people had excellent advice. 

      Even with a convincing tree model, placing it in an ecologically implausible location makes is stick out also. The saguaro in the photo does not appear to be in saguaro habitat, for instance.

    • Teller says:

      Yes, but what in Thor’s name will hide the Valley of Disembodied Propellers?

    • GawainLavers says:

      Conifers up here. My girlfriend calls them “Pinus phonius”. They’re always super-obvious and never even remotely the right species (I swear I’ve seen Araucaria on the way to Tahoe), but they’re still so much nicer than the regular ones.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        There’s an Araucaria near here close to where the 60 meets the 10. Araucaria’s a good choice since they tend to look fake anyway.

        • GawainLavers says:

          You’re right; I’m never really sure if they did it intentionally or if an Araucaria just happens to look like a pine tree designed by an engineer.

  5. Rhys_W says:

    Just in time for another Redditor to post a cellphone tower disguised as a burning cactus http://media.azfamily.com/images/burning-saguaro1.jpg 

  6. cellocgw says:

    Cactus?  That’s nothing.   You should see what sort of fake items the CIA plants antennas in. Here, I’ll post some as soon as I see what those pesky black helicopters want…

  7. travtastic says:

    There’s one off of  Hutchinson River Pkwy. No one is going to mistake it for a real tree, but it’s a hell of a lot better looking than a naked cell tower.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      World’s Largest Pipe Cleaner.

    • penguinchris says:

      The ones in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario look very similar to those. Obvious if you look right at it, but most people drive right by them on the highway and don’t notice, so they serve their purpose well.

  8. nixiebunny says:

    It was nice of God to give us Arizonans a cactus variety that is easy to build cell towers in the shape of.  Pity those poor Californians with their fake-looking fake palm tree towers.

  9. Here’s the story . . .

     http://www.deadzones.com/2011/05/phoenix-arizona-fake-cactus-cell-towers.html

  10. I have to say, at least it looks more like a cactus than the phone towers next to the NJ Turnpike that are supposed to look like pine trees.

  11. TimRowledge says:

    THaTs nOt a c3LLPhone towER it’S A CHEMTRAIL conTRolleR!!111!

    Did I get enough misplaced capitalisation in there?

  12. texas cable guy says:

    Several good photos here.  Unless posters object, I’ll add them to my Communications Antenna Supporting Structures blog:  http://antennastructures.blogspot.com/

  13. Gary G. Mapa says:

    Holy Gumby Batman!!!  Not being familiar with cactus; is this consistent with the actual height of a full grown cactus.  Looks to me that its final height will be 25′ to 30′.  I’d rather see the steel pole painted a cactus green.  Send pictures when the site is completed and the fencing has its final “tag” coating.  Why do we even try to fool mother nature.

  14. Wonder how many cactuses are passing as celullar towers out there…

  15. Wonder how many cactuses are passing as celullar towers out there…

  16. Xyzzy says:

    Your mention of the toilet-brush design reminded me of a controversial poorly-designed one here in the SF Bay Area, which supposedly resembles a giant 60-foot phallus.  Article with comparison pics between the tower and the trees it’s supposed to resemble:
    http://castrovalley.patch.com/articles/poll-hideous-eyesore-or-humerous-cell-phone-tower

    It doesn’t look phallic to me as much as it looks like a huge pipe cleaner, but I find it entertaining that the acronym for the relevant governmental department is HARD, and that the valley’s sports team is known as the Trojans.

  17. nunya says:

    I was recently driving in Sacramento and saw a rather tall pine tree that looked nice, but was a bit off color. Upon closer inspection I realized a flock of crows had taken residence in a camouflaged cell phone tower and were still in the process of doing their own ‘redecorating’.

  18. retepslluerb says:

    Needs a cat on top.

  19. Glen Kiltz says:

    Unless it’s on the top of a mountain, it’s too low to accomplish much. Cell phones are UHF. That means height isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing! Power does NOT equal coverage, height does. 

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