Issue 4 Animals Fall 2001
If you have ever noticed an unusually stiff-looking tree with an abnormally thick trunk, frugally spaced branches, and an unchanging appearance through all seasons, you have unwittingly identified a stealth telecommunication tower. Whether disguised as
a tree, flagpole, or church steeple, a stealth tower is the solution offered by tower companies to local jurisdictions that refuse the construction of tall metal structures
in the town square, a high-school field,
or a local church. Each particular location
requires a customized stealth tower to best suit the aesthetic demands of that environment. Tower companies do not build palm trees in New Hampshire.
Stealth design falls into two categories: towers that imitate
man-made structures, and towers that imitate nature. Towers that mimic
man-made structures are more deft at achieving invisibility. Stealth
flagpoles and church steeples, for example, maintain their visible
identities while disguising their intended function. These structures
are in fact what they appear to be, albeit with a hidden
infrastructure. Unlike the stealth towers that imitate nature, the
structural requirements of these towers and their adopted frames are
not in conflict. Even before telecommunication towers, flagpoles were
stiff and steeples were tall.
Kristen Dodge is Cabinet’s ofﬁce manager. She is a recent graduate of Brown University.
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