antenna tree, 2019.
Counterfeit monopalm antenna tree with concrete base.
Viewers who encounter this sculpture may text it to receive images of real-world 4G cellular antennas disguised as both trees and cacti. These fake cell tower "antenna trees", as they are sometimes called, are a fascinating case study in the visibility and obfuscation of network infrastructures. Service providers will disguise cell-phone towers as comically fake looking trees in an effort to reduce our collective paranoia about the black-box of wireless cellular service and to maintain the supposed beauty of our constructed landscapes. This piece mobilizes counterfeit aesthetics to interrogate the relationship between paranoia and the built environment.
Some of the antenna tree images that get texted back and displayed on the small screens: