From the submitter:
(actually a trick - the hole in the ceiling is actually a box that is supported by the top of the tree which was cut flat)
Dammit. You had me going there...
Clearly, it's meant to be a deep metaphor. The painter's tape symbolizes the corporate control of America and the recent Citizens United ruling. Or maybe it symbolizes the American work ethic. Or the lack of tools given to the proletariat to successfully live a fulfilling life. Or something. America.