Humanoid Electrical Pylons



One country that is innovative in its harnessing of power is Iceland, and it doesn't end with geothermal technology. They are considering designs by Choi + Shine (image) to erect power line pylons that depict humanoid figures. The designs can be easily modified to incorporate different poses, adding a stunning and thoughtful element to an otherwise bland structure.
Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.

The pylon-figures can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. As the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. [They] can be placed in pairs, walking in the same direction or opposite directions, glancing at each other as they pass by or kneeling respectively, head bowed at a town.

The architectural firm won the 2010 award for unbuilt structure by the Boston Society of Architects, and honorable mention in the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition.

Link via Wired Science.

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Awesome. It's nice to see the typical ugliness of necessary structures given some thought and whimsy. Now they need to get to work on dressing up those hideous cell towers I see everywhere. I saw one near Glacier National Park disguised as an evergreen and immediately wondered why it was the only one.
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I love it! I remember as a small child imagining them to be giant monsters marching across the world. Guess I watched too much Saturday morning television.
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