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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Giant Metal Transmission Towers Designed to Look Like Humans

by The Green Groove

Boston-based architecture firm Choi + Shine designs giant electric transmission towers with lifelike features!

Images: choishine

Nothing spoils a peaceful drive or bike ride through nature more than passing by a series of ugly manmade transmission towers. Although we can’t completely get rid of these towers because they provide us with electricity, one way that we can make them more pleasing to the eye is to give them lifelike qualities. That’s exactly what Massachusetts architecture firm Choi + Shine has done. The firm has designed a series of electrical towers that are shaped like giant humans, and they’re appropriately called “The Land of Giants.”

Inspired by the lifelike statues of Easter Island, these transmission towers are a far cry from the boring, overbearing towers that we see today. According to Choi + Shine the towers are more than just an artistic statement. The firm says on its website: “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 Land of Giants was submitted as an entry into the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition, where it took home an honorable mention. It also won an “Unbuilt Architecture” award from the 2010 Boston Society of Architects.