Now updated with an animation (30th Oct 2011).
One of the entries in the Department of Energy and Climate Change competition to design new electricity pylons for the UK was a favourite with my family. We agreed though somehow it wouldn’t look right striding across the English countryside. However – doesn’t it look fantastic in Iceland?
Chain of human pylons planned for Iceland (Telegraph, Aug. 2010): A proposal to install a chain of human-shaped pylons across Iceland – transforming an ugly utility into something of remarkable beauty – has won a leading architecture award.
I mean, if you have to carry cables above ground in such a landscape, what a great way to do it (from an aesthetic viewpoint). My mind wandered though… what would aliens make of them? Cue a comedy sketch where aliens try to engage with them, only to find accidentally that they pack a powerful punch, inadvertently starting a war. I think I’ve seen Mars Attacks! too many times.
Update – Now this is why we should have pylon people (h/t Chuckles).