Bet You’ve Never Seen a Tree Like This!

 I got this e-mail about a big tree in South Africa.

Looks normal from a distance, but take a closer look…

Nobody knows who the artist was!

Here are some close-ups:

It is amazing how someone can actually carve and do a sculpture like this and not kill the tree!

Before I hit the button to “publish” this post on Fellowship of the Minds, a little voice inside me urged me to look it up on the world wide web. So I did….

It turns out the e-mail is a hoax. There is no such carved tree in South Africa (or India – in another version of this e-mail). Here’s what I found:

The “tree” in the photographs is completely artificial and, moreover, it is not even located in India [or Africa]. The tree is, in fact, the famous Tree of Life, an icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a theme park located in Florida, USA. The artificial tree was assembled out of a range of materials and appears amazingly lifelike. An article about the tree on Disney information website, DIS, notes:

The first challenge was designing a 145 foot tall “tree” that could stand up to hurricane force winds, but still look realistic. A unique system of fabricating and assembling the branches was designed that brought the flexibility that was needed to bring this idea to life. There are 45 secondary branches that lead to 756 tertiary branches. With 7891 end branches, the entire structure is covered with 102,583 manmade leaves, each of which is more than a foot long.

So that’s the way the cookie crumbles!  LOL


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It’s still amazing, though.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

It’s a work of art, for sure. My favorite Disney tree was the Swiss Family Robinson Tree/treehouse at Disneyland back in the 1960s.


It’s impressive, we were in Disney in January with the kids. I can’t wait to go back. This tree is in animal kingdom and there is a great 3d movie that plays inside the tree. Disney really was spectacular, expensive for a week with the family, but spectacular.


It really is stunning.