Portable Cellular Phone Booth, 2002 Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Polycarbonate
16" X 24" X 36"
The Portable Cellular Phone Booth provides a visual image of the social sacrifices that occur due to our own self-involvement. The sculpture is a retractable phone booth that is carried on one’s back and can slide up and over their head to completely isolate the individual from society. This isolation mimics the separation that already exists when one begins speaking on the cell phone. The action is fast and slick, similar to the flip action of the cell phones.
Historically the iconic phone booth represents a place where one can go to be alone for a private conversation, transform into Superman, or travel through time. Today, it’s obsolete in most cities. With the Portable Cellular Phone booth, one can transform from a member of society to one that is closed off; we can each instantaneously enter our own private realm and transcend the typical restrictions of space and time. By delivering my sculpture to an unsuspecting public, anyone who notices the piece receives a myriad of messages, from self-deprecating humor, to the neglecting of real-time friendships in hopes of something better.