We were walking around New York and came across the neatest decorations for telephone/light/sign poles. The poles were covered with large coloured cable ties.
I think that this would work quite nicely as a cheap and elegant way of representing trees in the theatre. Get a pole, wrap coloured cable ties around it and – voila! – a stylishly simple tree! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, anyone? As You Like It? What other plays could use a few trees?
Upon further research, it turns out that what I saw was a public art project by Animus Arts Collective. Learn more about the project (and see more photos) here.