Camouflaging Cellular Towers

Camouflaging Cellular Towers by Rudy Girón

Sometimes we don’t realized how lucky we are for living La Antigua Guatemala until we take a little trip beyond the municipal boundaries and we are assaulted by all kinds of visual pollution. Yes, outside the Antigua Guatemala municipal borders capitalism is violent. Billboards everywhere, ugly banners on doorways and windows, huge advertising painted on walls, cellular towers along the roads, et cetera.

So, as we drive back to La Antigua and we see all the efforts that are made to reduce the visual pollution within the municipal boundaries, we are thankful, or at least we should.

Simple things like painting cellular towers, adding fake branches, disguising them as colonial street lighting poles, et cetera, goes a long way to reducing the visual ugliness inherent in the telecommunication era. We are not completely free of visual noise, but we are getting closer, poco a poco.

What efforts are being made in your municipal district to reduce visual pollution?

Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas) Aside: Around Antigua Guatemala, many people keep their Nacimientos and Christmas decorations until February 2nd, Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), which incidentally is Groundhog Day in the United States. The day after February 2nd the Christmas lights around Antigua’s Main Plaza will be pick up and put away.

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  • @Rudy Te comparto una fotografía que tomé camino a la capital desde La Antigua Guatemala, se pueden contar +5 torres en segundo plano 🙁

    El año pasado en el boulevard liberación, zona 15, se retiró la gran mayoría de publicidad y te puedo decir que se agradecen esos esfuerzos. Pero falta mucho, lo bueno es que se está poniendo atención, a un ritmo muy lento pero está sucediendo.

    • ups! *Boulevard Vista Hermosa 🙂

  • They don’t even bother trying here in Tasmania.

  • Eric

    Rudy, I know I comment too much, but I have to say that it’s good to see somewhere else with an ‘imitation tree’. We have a few up this way; ironically, there is usually a cellular tower ‘tree’, next to another non-camouflaged variety. Budget cuts? Who knows. But I’m glad to see this thoughtfulness applied to the Land of Eternal Spring.
    Speaking of ‘Spring’, there’s a couple feet of snow on the ground here, and this photo sure looks good… 🙁

    • @Eric, I really appreciate all your comments. You make ADP a better place with you commentary. Thanks!

  • Begonia

    Ha ha ha ha, this “tree” has grown a lot of branches at the top since I left Guate! When I lived in Antigua I lived very near where this photo was taken (I think) and I didn’t realize the tree was a cell phone tower for months!

  • Rienk

    They still have a long way to go, compared to what we have in California.
    There are many companies that can do various types of trees and towers, but the only one that has an extensive photo gallery is Chameleon Engineering (.com)

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