Pole Farm

[Image: Photo by Alissa Walker of Gelatobaby].

An overlooked urban land-use typology is the telephone pole farm, used for honing the climbing skills of telephone-repair personnel, as seen here in a photograph from Los Angeles by Alissa Walker. Along these lines, it might be interesting to explore a training facility for tree-trimming crews—a test-forest populated by genetically-modified trees grown for the complexity of their branches.

(Via Pruned and @nicolatwilley).

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Blogger Amanda G. said...

There are actually organized events at these different grounds called "lineman's rodeos" where each lineman competes in time trials and other contests.

November 19, 2011 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Georgia said...

ooh, interesting proposal. Anyone from ISA or other arboricultural associations reading this?

November 20, 2011 10:42 AM  
Blogger Brett Bloom said...

There is this nice publication by Michael Parker about his training as a lineman: http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=212

December 27, 2011 12:39 AM  
Blogger Dan O'H said...

or trees for climbing? It seems like it would be relatively easy to grow trees to be easy or interesting to climb -- obstructing their growth at particular points to make easy-to-cling-to bends, for instance.

A park with easy-climbing trees would be great fun. Surely this must exist somewhere?

January 01, 2012 4:16 PM  

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