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Decorative Column Covers and Faux Wood Post Wraps

Tree Bark Column Cover

If you’re an architect or interior designer looking to improve a commercial space , you’ve likely run into obtrusive columns or posts. They block site lines, pose troubling configuration issues, and often look downright ugly. Too bad they can’t just be torn down, right? Seeing as how columns provide the support that keeps buildings upright, this probably isn’t a good idea in most cases. That’s where a decorative column cover or a nice faux wood post wrap comes in handy.

Column Covers and Faux Wood Post Wraps Column covers and wraps come in all different shapes and sizes, for both indoor and outdoor decoration. Most obvious are the colonial style or parthenon-esque columns that have graced college and government building foyers for centuries. Less obvious is a simple wood texture, like that which adorns the columns of the JW Terrill lobby crafted by St. Louis Woodworks. Or a basic metal wrap, more durable for outdoors, like the minimalist aluminum columns designed for the AtlantiCare Medical Center by Bamco, Inc. Even less obvious are silk or artificial trees used as decorative column covers.

[more]Tree Bark Wraps That probably sounds a little awkward at first -- artificial trees as column covers -- but it makes quite a bit of sense when you think about it, especially for commercial spaces that need more green, or a casino, zoo or waterpark looking to accentuate a theme.

Artificial tree column covers are normally made in two parts and then assembled around columns on site. They can be custom manufactured at any height, and can be made to go all the way up to the ceiling, or even to look as though they grew through the ceiling, with traces of foliage placed artfully near the top for a jack-and-the-beanstalk effect.

Tree Column Cover Like making lemonade with lemons, architects and designers can turn a bad column or post situation into a inspired design or theme with a little imagination, whether it’s a wood or metal wrap, or a vibrant artificial tree.

Silk Trees Combat Global Warming and Harvest Kenetic Energy

Silk Trees Being Tested in Spain Turns out man can make better plants and trees than mother nature, as we’ve discovered in the news this week.

Inventor of CO2 Absorbing Silk Trees Silk trees that absorb the same amount of CO2 as 90 eucalyptus trees are being tested in Spain to help reduce emissions from cars and factories. The trees, which look like lamp posts and can be customized to blend in with surroundings -- similar to silk tree cell phone tower concealment -- have been installed to date in Valencia, Castellon, and Barcelona.

[more] TouchPot Artificial Plant Meanwhile, an innovative artificial plant product called TouchPot that was recently brought to market by Aydan Design can harness kinetic energy when its leaves are moved by wind or by people manually turning them. The TouchPot can re-charge portable electronic devices while providing a LED glow for those college kids who want something other than a lava lamp for their dorm rooms.

We reported on the proliferation of artificial plant technology in an earlier post, such as for hidden cameras, soil readers, and humidifiers. All in all, it certainly seems -- somewhat ironically -- that artificial trees and plants are helping make the world a greener place.

Cell Tower Concealment, Avatar Re-creations, and Urban Forests

Monopine Tree

We wrote recently about concealing cell towers with silk plants and trees, and soon after there was more news about a Chicago neighborhood evaluating concealment options for a particularly obtrusive tower in scenic Westridge. Fortunately for the community, many concerned residents have stepped up to demand that they get a high quality artificial tree solution. Done right, the cell phone tower won't be an eyesore and visitors will hardly notice it.

[more]Silk Tree Forest Concept A fascinating proposal for a museum in Slovenia has made news recently for an unusual urban forest concept. In this concept, the exterior is made completely of glass and the interior is comprised of platform tree tops with museum-goers allowed to walk among them, not unlike the way a frog might hop along on lily pads. Accentuating the theme are the fact that these tree tops are fitted with solar panels and provide most of the energy requirements for the museum.

Artificial Tree of Souls You may have noticed the latest media blitz for Avatar now that the highest grossing moving of all time is out on DVD. It appears promoters have taken film marketing to a new level in Europe by using a large silk tree to replicate the visually stunning Tree of Souls that was almost bulldozed by the evil imperial colonialists in the movie. The silk tree required 20 miles of fiber optic cabling and was installed just in time for earth day. Not surprisingly, DVD sales quickly broke records in North America and in many countries worldwide.

Concealing Cell Phone Towers with Silk Trees

Cell Phone Tower Tree Concealing cell phone towers is often a compromise to an unwanted problem. No one wants a cell phone tower in their neighborhood, known as they are for bringing masses of steel to otherwise quaint neighborhoods, reducing home values, dosing people with unhealthy levels of radiation (some say), and inciting gridlock at zoning boards all over the country. The improvement of cell phone coverage, for whatever reason, does not make up for these drawbacks in most people's eyes.

[more]Concealing cell phone towers with silk plants and trees, however, can make all the ballyhoo seem like nothing but empty sound and fury. Many artificial tree solutions, when done by professional manufacturers, look incredibly authentic and seamlessly blend into the forest environment around them. The most common varieties of cell tower trees include faux Elm (which is very similar to artificial Banyan foliage manufactured by Commercial Silk Int'l), Pine and Palm trees.

Cell Phone Tower Pine Tree Outside of silk plants and trees, many other creative concealments have been implemented, including church bell towers, street light poles, lighthouses, and more. At the end of the day, if you can convincingly hide a mobile phone tower, there's not a whole lot left to do but be grateful for better coverage.
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