Architect proposes pylons that look like giant people

Choi + Shine Architects has devised a way of making electricity pylons less of an eyesore.

The Massachusetts practice’s "Land of Giants" project showcases towers that take the shape of humans in different positions, while "making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design".

The pylon-figures can be created in different poses with "appropriate gestures" depending on where they are in a landscape.

Choi + Shine’s website says: "As the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. Over long spans, the pylon-figure stretches to gain increased height, crouches for increased strength or strains under the weight of the wires.

"The pylon-figures can be placed in pairs, walking in the same direction or opposite directions, glancing at each other as they pass by or kneeling respectively."

The figures were inspired by the Moai statues of Easter Island.

The project has won many awards and models have been exhibited at Yale University and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Giants were almost built three times, but unfortunately for the large civil project, there are many pieces of the project that have to be approved at many levels. 

The first Giants are due to be built in Iceland in 2017.

Images via Choi + Shine Architects

Edited on 7/10/15

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  1. Could these also be made to look like trees, in some conservation areas people would stand out but futuristic trees would look spectacular.

  2. I love this idea. With the best will in the world the alternatives to over ground power cables are prohibitively expensive and technically complex for long distances and isolated locations. The issue of the visual impact of pylons on the landscape is addressed elegantly by making the pylons themselves a sculptural addition to the scenery.

    I really hope this becomes a common reality for future projects. I smile at the thought of skeletal steel giants striding across the countryside.

  3. It would be an amazing and welcome contrast , if we have to continue with pylons then this would be a really interesting proposition…..

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