Wind turbines. EcoGeeks love 'em. Environmentalists do too. Unless they happen to be in their back yard.
We've been considering this and we think maybe it's because wind tubines are kinda ugly.
Well, the American Wind Energy Association thought of this too. Recently they set up the first National Wind Art Exhibit in conjunction with their annual conference in Pittsburgh earlier this year. Although the conference has ended, the exhibit is still online. The idea here seems to be to celebrate the wind farm in art so that we can see how pretty they actually are. I think they're doing a pretty good job.
"Windfarm installation is controversial in many communities, largely due to the concerns the visual impact of turbines will have on the natural landscape. Enter REimaginations, which aims to elevate the discussion around the aesthetics of renewable power generation. Compared to polluting energy sources, the exhibit suggests, 21st century wind farms represent an elegant blend of form and function."
The first real-life foray into wind turbine aesthetics that we've seen is a Dutch proposal for "trees" with up to eight turbines on a single base stalk. These turbine trees have the potential to be the first visually interesting and pleasing wind power plants.
Did the people of Cape Cod complain when they put up light houses on their rocky points? No, because light houses are pretty. Well, if pretty's what they want, maybe it's about time to make wind turbines pretty too.
Swooshing Giants -- Wind Towers
written by Pier Johnson, April 28, 2007
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