You'll never know who or what you'll meet with in Venice.
At 8 foot tall (On stilts) the "Tree-man" is one of many visiting amusements on the Boardwalk. Costumed as an ornate tree he walks around the Venice scaring people like head-down-cellphone users who are not paying attention.
I was not intimidated, although impressed that he was such a good stilts’ walker? He just wanted to make a statement. Like a "performance of the absurd"