The Future of Trees

In April 2007, walking through Madison Square Park I saw this thought provoking scene of the installation of Roxy Paine's metal tree sculptures. I wondered then, is this the future of trees? That we will someday be required to build them? In December 2007 I saw them again and thought how beautiful they looked on a cold winter's day, their stainless steel limbs magnifying the dull winter light. Today I came across two random pieces of information about Air Trees and Plastic Trees and thought how uncanny that the Madison Square trees were a premonition of things to come.