Something odd arrests the viewer in Rock Harbor, Orleans, a spot that sits at the elbow of the Cape: trees growing in the ocean. While it’s hardly possible that the trees are growing there (Cape Cod is not exactly the swampland of Florida where mangrove trees survive in salt water), they do seem alive. The purpose, if any, is a puzzle. Do the trees act as buoys for the sport fishing boats that clutter the harbor? I also haven’t been able to figure out how this art installation of sorts endures. Were the trees cemented in the sand? Is it magic?
At low tide, you can walk out near the line of trees that extends out from the harbor where trees should not go. Up close, you can spot an additional quirk: a road sign is attached to each sapling warning of speed bumps and no parking zones.
I don’t know what it’s all about exactly, but for me, that’s the beauty of it.