Dog and Bone, c.1997
Plinth Dates: 11 – 13 August 2011
[Editor’s note: in Cockney rhyming slang, “dog and bone” = “telephone”.]
I made this during my degree, combining a long held fascination with skeletons and, well, telephones. It is modelled on the classic BT phone of the 1980s that I still own. I knew I would find a home for it one day!
It is made mainly of chicken bones – boiling them made our student house smell rather interesting for a while.
Reading meaning into it today, it occurred to me that it could be viewed as a commentary on the changes in communication over the last couple of decades, perhaps even the death of real communication. Or you might just think it is an intriguing object.