Here are three possibilities for explaining what's captured in this photo.
(1) This is an attempt at a new art form called tree stump aesthetics, in which the stump is kept at roughly the same height of structures that are in close proximity. This gives the tree stump balance and the continuing appearance of useful purpose.
(2) It is a product of BP's landscaping division. All the useful functionality of this tree, it's energy producing potential realized through photosynthesis, was obliterated and what remained is a stump that only delivers blight.
(3) This is an Adams Morgan community art project to call attention to the perils of attention deficit disorder. The landscaping goal was to remove to stump, but someone got distracted.
(4) It will grow back.*
A storm a couple of weeks ago toppled the tree just past the Adams Mill bar.