Thursday, 8 October 2015

The art of power


As Daryl Kerrigan sagely observed in The Castle, power pylons are a reminder of man’s ability to generate electricity. What he didn’t go on to wonder about is why they have to be so bloody ugly.

In Iceland however they’re not, Choi+Shine Architects explaining that their unique designs “transform mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape.”

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…

Even better . . .

    The pylon-figures can all be achieved from the modification of existing lattice towers.

All they require is imagination…



A great pity that Choi+Shine—or anything along the lines of creativity—never visited the many pylons now littering the Waikato, Franklin and around the foreshores of the Manukau Harbour.

[Hat tip CCR]


  1. Everything in Iceland is cool.


  2. Cool, it's a pity it wasn't done in NZ

    B Whitehead


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