Key:mimics

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Mimics-palm.jpg
Description
Specifies that a mast or tower is camouflaged as a natural or built feature. Edit or translate this description.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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The key mimics=* is used for cellphone masts and towers that are camouflaged as natural or built features.

Usage

Since 1992 cellphone masts and towers have been disguised, to varying degrees of success, as trees, cacti, and other features of the natural and built environment. The key mimics=* may be used to categorize cellphone masts and towers that have been camouflaged in some way.

This key should not be used when communications infrastructure is hidden within an existing structure that serves the function it appears to, i.e., cellphone technology enclosed within an existing church steeple does not mimic the steeple and should be tagged with tower:construction=concealed.

Examples

Examples may be seen at the websites of commercial providers of these structures, such as:

And at the websites of artists who study these structures, such as:

Values

Trees
Key Value Element Comment
mimics eucalyptus node area An eucalyptus is a type of tree distinguished by sickle-shape leaves with visible oil glands and bark that peels off in strips, revealing yellow patches underneath.
mimics oak node area An oak is a type of tree distinguished by its broad-leaves and acorns.
mimics palm node area
Swakopmund GSM-Antenne.jpg
A palm is a type of tree distinguished by large, compound, evergreen leaves, known as fronds, arranged at the top of an unbranched stem.
mimics pine node area
GTP Monopine.jpg
A pine is a type of tree distinguished by its needle-like leaves and conical shape.
mimics tree node area
Wuzhen Xizha 2009-17.jpg
A fallback value to be used when it is unclear which type of tree is being mimicked.
Cacti
Key Value Element Comment
mimics saguaro node area A saguaro is a type of cactus distinguished by its upward-bending branches, or arms.
mimics cactus node area A fallback value to be used when it is unclear which type of cactus is being mimicked.

Gallery

See also