Iceland is known as a land of giants with its breath-taking nature and gigantic fjords. But we also need man-made resources like electricity. Sadly, electricity pylons are very poor looking things that disturb the natural view. Iceland was one of the countries who wanted to get rid of this disruption of nature and the American firm Choi + Shine Architects were there for the rescue. They designed these electrical towers that look like human figures and named the project Land of Giants. This design transforms mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape.
Each pylon would be assembled from modular parts, which could be adapted into various positions to give the impression that the statues are walking, climbing or crouching.
The project is still being talked about and won many awards after it was finished in 2008. One of the architects of the design firm, Thomas Shine, says that they designed these towers parallel to the idea that if we are to place things we need in the middle of the nature, we best make them worth seeing.
The pylons are made of recyclable materials painted in white (steel, glass and concrete to be exact). And they cost less than the traditional electrical pylons.
Here’s an extra video with unbelievable 4K definition showing the natural wonders of Iceland. It’s a film made by two producers studying at Stuttgard Media University. The film’s name Eylanda is a reference to the most famous poem of the poet Stephan G. Stephansson.
P.s: It is not very data-friendly…