Yes, this is what it looks like, a fence built around a tree.
This one fence panel is different from all the rest, presumably because the others came pre-assembled and this one couldn’t; it had to be built around the branches. And I’m sure the owners who made this effort understand full well that the windows in this panel will have to be periodically expanded as the tree grows. I wonder if they celebrate those milestones of growth.
They’ve made a great choice: a beautiful life-affirming symbol creating a unique and joyful landscape. Traffic often builds up on the busy street outside this wall. Sometimes it takes two or three light cycles to get by. What a gift this tree is to the community, reminding us even as we wait in traffic that some things are more important than expediency.