Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Human Pylons Across Iceland

The architectural and design firm Choi+Shine have submitted plans proposing giant human shaped pylons to carry electricity cables across Iceland's 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.

Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these one hundred and fifty foot tall, modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow.

Thank you, Douglas.


  1. These are so amazing...
    Do you know I almost posted them today too?
    I found them yesterday and was as amazed by those creatures as by the landscape!

  2. Oh, I knew you would like them, Marion. Douglas sent me the link yesterday and I couldn't believe it as I had just been moaning about the horrible pylons we kept seeing on our trip in the Highlands. But these I would love to see, especially, how they would be positioned with relationship to their environment. Beautiful!

  3. wow! these are incredibly beautiful and i would so love to see them striding across the British country side... i'm sure Antony Gormely would be up for such a project!
    emma x

  4. Emma, I thought exactly the same thing - Antony Gormley!



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