I listened to an audiobook of Campbell’s nonfiction account of globalization run rampant when I heard this:
“…a barren plot of clay dirt and leafless, drooping, Dali-esque trees located on the side of the only road between the city center and the beach district.” (1)
Appropriate visual shorthand. After all, during the thirties, Dali practically built his artistic reputation on bare landscapes and sagging objects.
When I looked up photographs of trees local to Freetown and Sierra Leone, I came across this bit of information that the Cotton Tree acts as a symbol of the city.
1. Campbell, Glen. 2012. “Blood Diamonds, Revised Edition: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World’s Most Precious Stones.” Amazon. Accessed 9 13, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Diamonds-Revised-Tracing-Precious/dp/0465029914/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379100467&sr=1-1&keywords=blood+diamond.
ETA: I used the Amazon example to confirm the quote.
Update: I decided to move my eta and cite my source.
Update: Tweaked source.