mystery tree structure (name it and win a prize)


We found this on Roy Arden’s great blog Under the Sun, and have no idea what it is. So we thought we’d make it into a contest. Tell us what you think this Mystery Tree Structure is in the Comments box below. Fiction and fantasy are fine. The best one gets a prize: a signed copy of Sally’s The Improvisational Cook.  Contest ends Tuesday, June 14th.

via Under the Sun

28 Responses to mystery tree structure (name it and win a prize)

  1. daniel hale 06.01.2011 at 11:44pm #

    infrastructure articulated

  2. Elizabeth 06.02.2011 at 2:32am #

    I imagine it as being the inspiration for the Watts Towers or perhaps a Tower of Babel for the hippie set.

  3. ursula 06.02.2011 at 7:05am #

    they are making up a giant bonfire to celebrate the end of italy’s actual prime minister.

  4. Sue 06.02.2011 at 8:44am #

    It’s Elsa Lanchester’s hair in the Bride of Frankenstein. The bride didn’t have a name (at least that I know of), so this structure is “Elsa.”

  5. Mike 06.02.2011 at 1:16pm #

    Decorating the first White House christmas tree.

  6. SLS 06.02.2011 at 1:49pm #

    early Burning Man prototype …???

  7. Catherineap 06.03.2011 at 11:49am #

    scaffolding for an early prototype of a rocket to the moon

  8. only god can make a tree... 06.03.2011 at 10:53pm #

    only god can make a tree…

  9. dl cooper 06.04.2011 at 7:15pm #

    vertical designed landscape

  10. Mary 06.05.2011 at 7:42am #

    Vests and Libations – a trendy vest shop for men with a rooftop patio for whiskey, wild conversation, and male bonding.

  11. Sarah 06.05.2011 at 12:57pm #

    All I can think of is Swiss Family Robinson! This structure looks like a very fun treehouse.

  12. vaughn 06.05.2011 at 8:19pm #

    One of the earliest warning beacons of Gondor… or, you know, a giant bonfire.

  13. name Nancy Grover 06.05.2011 at 10:57pm #

    You know, I have heard about a redwood tree here in California that was stripped of its bark, which was cut and then sent to England to reconstruct the bark so they could see how big the trees were here. It would have been a hollow bark tree.
    Of course the tree died. Looking at this photo with possible sprouting of the bark, could be the reconstruction.
    What do you think?

  14. name Nancy Grover 06.05.2011 at 11:05pm #

    My addition is this link that actually shows that bark was taken to recreate the base of the tree to both London and Chicago.
    Reminds me to make a visit to Muir Woods soon…and to be thankful for those trees that still survive.

  15. Brian 06.09.2011 at 5:18am #

    See as it’s being built by a bunch of guys, and there are half a dozen empty booze barrels scattered about, I’m betting even they don’t know what they’re building …not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  16. Bonnie 06.09.2011 at 4:17pm #

    Trying to create a Midwestern outpost of the Bohemian Grove?

  17. Connie 06.10.2011 at 8:57am #

    It looks like an exemplary example of assiduous frolic to me.

  18. treehugger 06.10.2011 at 9:46am #

    Why it’s most obviously The Stairway to Heaven!

  19. nameKarin koller webb 06.10.2011 at 10:37am #

    Camouflaged Condos Club ‘Men Only’. These were actually quite a hit back in the day…..The gents would hang out until they were ready to move on. Strike a match and leave…..

  20. nameKarin koller webb 06.10.2011 at 10:38am #

    Camouflaged Condos Club ‘Men Only’. These were actually quite a hit back in the day…..The gents would hang out until they were ready to move on. Strike a match and leave…..

  21. brooke 06.10.2011 at 10:56am #

    This is the original, real-life inspiration for the donkey kong video game. The shadowy gorilla figure up top rolls the barrels down trying to knock off the men that are trying to climb up. Hours of entertainment.

  22. centrd 06.10.2011 at 6:25pm #

    Bonfire of the Vanities

  23. Catherine 06.14.2011 at 9:57am #

    Fragments of our imagination: prototyping to the sky

  24. chris kwong 10.04.2011 at 9:17am #

    It is the set for Swiss Family Robinson!

  25. Becky Strickler 04.12.2012 at 6:55pm #

    University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts . . . the early years.

  26. rg 05.31.2012 at 10:07pm #

    the best tree house ever.

  27. Jane 06.14.2012 at 11:37am #

    ‘Isolation’ or ‘ever’ maybe. Ooh!!! ‘ever maybe’

  28. Jane 06.14.2012 at 6:33pm #


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