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The Cell Tree / Nolan Boomer


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A research-based publication on cellular towers disguised as trees. Following the Telecommunications Act in 1996, thousands of these “trees" have sprung up across the US. Often unconvincing and costly, what do these towers suggest about our relationship with the telecommunications industry? How does this relate to an understanding of productive communication?

Written by American book artist and editor Nolan Boomer and designed by Elana Schlenker, the publication uses the recent success of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees to show how people already venerate the tree as an ideal communicator. Tree diagrams, Judeo-Christian mythology, and the visual language of Greenpeace are used to display the tree as a discrete node within a larger matrix of data exchange.

Designed by Elana Schlenker

Published by Nolan Boomer

18 pages, 2-color Risograph, 6 × 9 inches