Disney World wanted to create an iconic centerpiece to their Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The resulting product - The Tree of Life is nothing short of amazing.
The Tree of Life projects proudly 145 feet into the air with a full set of natural looking leaves. It was built to withstand hurricane force winds and it houses a 420 seat theater within it's trunk.
It's trunk consists of the core structure of an oil drilling platform and a series of diminishing diameter pipes are used to create the complement of branches. But beyond the architectural breakthroughs that were used to create this icon, I believe that the most amazing aspect is the intricate carving of 325 animals into the trunk and branches.
Ultimately, every time I see the Tree of Life, I catch myself staring at the animal carvings. Each time I try to discover a new creature that I hadn't noticed on previous visits.
As I have mentioned before, the magic is in the details and this is where Disney World really excels.