Cell towers that blend vs. those that offend

Cell towers are everywhere, but some are more conspicuous than others.

Everyone likes their cell phones, but no one likes to see the cell towers that make our mobile world possible. Here are some of the cell towers that dwell among us – some cleverly hidden, others not so much – as discovered by folks who shared their images on Flickr.

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Does it work best with the Palm Pre?

Does it work best with the Palm Pre?

Can you spot the fake? No, go ahead. Take your time.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevlar/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Does this disguise "sap" your signal strength?

Does this disguise "sap" your signal strength?

Tree disguises are incredibly popular among the cell tower set, and are usually chosen to blend in with the surrounding foliage. This is actually one of the better ones.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/miheco/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

Here's what one looks like up close. Note the exquisite attention to detail on the bark.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevcyn/ / CC BY 2.0

\'Our lady of immaculate reception\'

'Our lady of immaculate reception'

Other places don't attempt to hide or camouflage their cell towers. They put them on display. This statue was identified as the Madre of Santiago (Chile), with cell phone towers attending.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aslinth/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Go all the way

Go all the way

If your cell tower is going to be visible, you might as well load it up. This is also in Santiago.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theolivers/ / CC BY-ND 2.0

Downtown, where the music\'s loud

Downtown, where the music's loud

And this one's in downtown Lawrence, Kan.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blturner/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Someone to watch over them

Someone to watch over them

Photographer Andrew Currie tagged this image from Buenos Aires: "The top of the Pirámide de Mayo stands guard over important telecommunications equipment…"

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewcurrie/ / CC BY 2.0

Somewhere a god is offended

Somewhere a god is offended

Climb up to his head to get a better view of the cell tower.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/airstreamlife/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Practical and patriotic, too

Practical and patriotic, too

In this case, Madison, Miss., hid its cell tower inside a monument.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wyldkyss/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Cellular water

Cellular water

From the practical side of the tracks, we have those who just cell-ify the tall structures they already have. Water tower setups like this one are popular.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skagitims/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Buildings are tall

Buildings are tall

You can put cells on a building, but that's a controversial move, what with the radiation and all.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/majortk/ / CC BY 2.0

Hang a flag on the top

Hang a flag on the top…

And call it macaroni. Flagpoles are popular disguises.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/waltarrrrr/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

These bars go up to six

These bars go up to six

A mobile cell tower. If you take one of these babies with you, you'll never have to worry about reception again. Why don't more people do this?

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bristolmotorspeedway/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Montjuic Communications Tower

Montjuic Communications Tower

This is what all cell towers want to be when they grow up. From Wikipedia: "The Montjuic Communications Tower (Torre Telefónica) is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, construction on the tower began in 1989 and was completed in 1992. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics Games in Barcelona. The 136 m (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park, and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame… Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa square to indicate the hour."

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlos_lorenzo/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Why bother?

Why bother?

There is one word for this, and that word is FAIL.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocean_of_stars/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0