antenna tree, 2018.
Counterfeit monopalm antenna tree with concrete base and networked screen.
The screen wirelessly downloads images of cellphone antenna towers which have been disguised as plants from the computer on the tree sculpture. These fake cell tower "antenna trees", as they are sometimes called, are a fascinating case study in the visibility and intentional obfuscation of network infrastructures. Cell-service providers frequently 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, as well as maintain the supposed beauty of our urban landscapes. This piece mobilizes counterfeit aesthetics to interrogate the relationship between paranoia and the built environment.
Some of the antenna trees images the screen displays: