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Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations
© Martin Boyce

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Electric Trees and Telephone Booth Conversations 2006

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This dramatic and atmospheric installation incorporates various sculptural elements, which together create a disconcerting, yet somehow familiar, environment. The vocabulary that Boyce has employed is derived from his discovery of a photograph of the concrete trees designed by the Martel brothers for the Art Deco exhibition held in Paris in 1925. According to Boyce these trees “represent a perfect collapse of architecture and nature”. From them he extracted a grid template that has since become a basis for all aspects of his practice. Here, the combination of a free-standing, coloured climbing frame, space-age phone-booths, suspended lighting and his own ‘concrete’ trees, creates a modernist theatre-set that transforms the gallery environment into a sinister playground on a dark night.


  • Acc. No. GMA 5022
  • Medium Mixed media installation
  • Size Variable dimensions
  • Credit Purchased 2008