MAN DRESSES AS REAL LIFE TREE
Meet the man who dresses as a 10-foot tree to teach people to be kind to one another and nature. Lionel Powell, 57, spends up to 12-hours a day dressed as Treeman in the hope of making people smile, getting them to talk about human nature and more. As a child growing up in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, New York, he was fascinated with nature and saddened by the destruction of the natural environment. He found inspiration for his larger-than-life character Treeman, from the beauty of Mother Nature and developed a backstory for Treeman to inspire those he encounters. It takes Lionel two-hours to get into his elaborate costume - wearing his big shoes to make him 10ft tall, using face paint, special glues and rubbers, paints, hardeners, real and faux plants. In addition to mirror reflectors over his eyes so that people can see their reflection in nature.