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City Trees

February 26, 2011

No matter how tall, majestic and strident they may be,  soaring buildings are still eclipsed by the random etchings of tree branches. It just takes one tree to challenge the angular voice of city buildings.

Tree branches New York City

Tree branches New York City, 2005

Trees that survive the clinical aspirations of planners still manage to assert authority. They remind us that the vanity of metropolitan architecture is peripheral compared to the seasonal voices of trees.

Tree in New York

Tree branches New York City, 2005

It is impossible for sleek lines, marble and economy of design to challenge the arbitrary signals of a tree.

A tree in Mile End Park in East London

A tree in Mile End Park in East London, 2007

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