Redwood National Park: Chandelier Tree By Aaron Johnson, Joel Anderson, 2020
- Redwood National Park: Chandelier Tree
The Chandelier Tree in Drive-Thru Tree Park is a magnificent 276-foot tall redwood tree in Leggett, California with a 6-foot wide by 6-foot-9-inch high hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through. (The sign over the hole claims the tree is 315 ft. high and 21 ft. wide, but a Certified Arborist measured the tree as 276 ft. high and 16 ft. diameter.) The name "Chandelier Tree" comes from its unique limbs that resemble a chandelier, which begin 100 ft above the ground. The tree is believed to have been carved in the early 1930s by Charlie Underwood. Redwood National Park, along with other parks nearby, protect about half of all remaining redwood trees, magnificent giants which were greedily logged in decades past. Anderson Design Group further eternalized these majestic specimens in vintage art, creating national parks posters of the trees which carry an air of early-1900s illustration style with them. In this design, two visitors to the park seem very small next to a mighty redwood, though that is not an error of scale. To learn more about the park and the importance of protecting our redwoods, visit the Redwood Parks Conservancy.