Studio Elana Schlenker

The Cell Tree

The Cell Tree by Nolan Boomer is a research-based publication on cellular towers disguised as trees. Often unconvincing and costly, what could these towers suggest about our relationship with the telecommunications industry? How does this relate to an understanding of productive communication? Using the recent success of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees to show how people already venerate the tree as an ideal communicator, the publication employs tree diagrams, Judeo-Christian mythology, and the visual language of Greenpeace to display the tree as a discrete node within a larger matrix of data exchange.

Written and published by Nolan Boomer
Cover pattern illustrated by Jimmy Mezei


2-color 2017 Antique Olive Architecture Ben English Green Jimmy Mezei Nolan Boomer Pano Red Risograph Zine