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By on May 29, 2006, with 35 Comments

What the…?! How come this pole has a shadow shaped like palm tree, when it’s obvious it has nothing to do with it? Well, it’s a campaign of some sort, to protect the nature and rise people’s awarness, and the palm tree shadow is just painted on the sidewalk to give impression it’s there. Clever idea, have to admitt…

Palm Tree Shadow


35 Responses
  1. th says:

    Thats pretty clever. It probably would have surprised me if I saw it in real life.

  2. ec says:

    thats cool. i like it!

  3. NoNo says:

    Nah. There are leaves at the top.

    (Look at the shape of the trunk.)

  4. Dr. Nooooooooooooooooo says:

    There aren’t leaves at the top. Seeing as a shadow within a shadow can’t be that dark, therefore it is painted. Pretty clever.

  5. MIGHTY MAN says:

    is it no it cant be but is it

  6. kate says:

    read the post, smart ones down there

    it says nothing can replace a tree they are making a statement…its not a real shadow and you dont have to prove it by looking at the shadow!

  7. Spud says:

    i agree with kate. what’s with people always trying to prove the illusion wrong instead of admiring it?

  8. julia says:

    this is cool, i wonder what kind of critics wouldn’t take this website at its word that this is a real illusion

  9. JoJo says:

    yeah its cool…i live like 5 minits away from it i walk mi dog there…she peed on it once

  10. loser says:

    so true

  11. MMM says:

    need this stuff in lisbon (portugal)

  12. bob says:

    its cool because its the shaddow of the sign but the leaves r painted

  13. Mars says:

    thats really cool

  14. Andrew says:

    The whole shadow is painted bob. Notice that the post’s shadow goes a different direction than the building shadows.

  15. Tiny says:

    That slogan’s a really good idea. “nothing can replace a tree” Cool!

  16. confused says:

    the leaves r painted but its like still totally awesome!!!

  17. duh! says:


    the whole shadow is painted. there is no way that the shadow of the pole is going to be darker than the shadow of the object behind it. if only the leaves were painted then the shadow of the “trunk” would not start at the base but would have dissapeared with the other shadow.


  18. Liberate says:

    I really like the message in this one.

  19. Seve says:

    Shadows don’t change shade. Shadows are AWAYS the same shade. And if you’ll notice, the trunk of the palm tree is a lot darker than the other shadow . . . hmm, it must be some sort of divine intervention from the paint gods themselves!

  20. Anonymous says:

    the whole shadow is painted you can tell because the other ones in the background go in a different direction.

  21. Point made says:

    This must prouve that if you cut down a tree, it can’t be replaecet

  22. Anonymous says:

    this is good but can you read this?

    ni iths pcieutr het sahdow is a ibt to drak athlohgu it is a grtae picrute!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Andrew, the whole shadow is painted, the shadows of other things are at a diff angle than the “tree” shadow.

  24. Amadaun says:

    Anonymous: your anagramatic sentence is ubersimple. the translation is:

    In this picture the shadow is a bit to [sic?] dark although it is a great picture.

    It took me less than a minute to translate, no offence intended.

    the annoying thing about that picture would be that it would only work at that time of day at all, and only perfectly on one time of one day of the year. But it’s still an amazing piece of art, and a great message.

  25. s says:

    what about when the real shadow of the pole moves when the sun moves?

    so it only works at certain times of the day?

  26. Anonymous says:

    That’s stupid. Notice the entire pole isn’t included in the picture? There could be an actual palm tree ornamentation just out of site.

  27. Ririn says:

    This is not a true pic. It was used as a compaign, obviously. It could have been photoshopped or whatever, but I assure, There was NO tree around the area.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Freaking Awesome!!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    it isnt a shadow of the post because there is already a shadow over it. and if u read the post it says nothing can replace a tree. duhhh =]]

  30. Meggy Laroo says:

    its paint duh im ot even good with illusions n i could figure this one out…it is pretty kool though

  31. cheyenne says:

    OMG as soon as i looked at it i knew it was a painting…and if u notice it looks too dark to be a shadow..so umm ya im a really smart 11 yr. old

  32. uraib says:

    strange but cool i wonder how people do this kinda stuff :)

  33. KakiBerdaki says:

    painting within the shadow…

  34. Tam says:

    The shadow is darker than the other shadows

  35. solomon says:

    Its fake, because shadows move depending were the sun is. The only way is if they painted the trunk of the tree.

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