Minimal Visual Impact (MVI) Antenna
Added to the Museum of Data by Helen Hayes on Monday, April 19, 2021. Museum of Data Collection ID: 782.
Public description: Minimal Visual Impact (MVI) Antennas are communications structures that blend in with natural landscapes and environments while increasing the telecommunications capacity of both 4G and (more recently) 5G cellular networks. They are designed to blend in with local flora and fauna and circumvent jurisdictional regulations that may forbid or severely limit the infrastructural development of networked technologies. These MVI Antennas draw public attention away from infrastructural sites of communication and data storage, as well as their relation to social, economic, and environmental issues. In this way, the politics of infrastructural invisibility take shape around MVI Antennas, as concealment strategies tend to keep citizens naive and uninformed about the network technologies they subsidize and use on a daily basis.
Materials used: UV-resistant plastic foliage, available in a range of colors and diameters; Ultraflex® bark made from exterior grade epoxy composite; Microwave and RRU Socks & Branches
Credit: Valmont Structures
Size: MVI Antennas can be customized to suit the environment in which they are placed. They tend to range between 2ft and 20 ft tall and are built out with foliage that fits a customer’s specifications. They are restored to maintain “optimal branch density” and bark coloration.
Creation date: 2021/04/01 00:00:00
External link: https://www.valmontstructures.com/products-solutions/communications-structures/concealment; https://www.valmontstructures.com/products-solutions/communications-structures/concealment/trees-and-natural; https://www.valmontstructures.com/docs/librariesprovider97/default-document-library/valmont-larson-pine-tree-solutions.pdf?sfvrsn=61b6db39_2