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Icelandic Company Designs Human Pylons

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the anthropomorphic-power dept.

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Lanxon writes "An architecture and design firm called Choi+Shine has submitted a design for the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition which proposes giant human-shaped pylons carrying electricity cables across the country's landscape, reports Wired. The enormous figures would only require slight alterations to existing pylon designs, says the firm, which was awarded an Honorable mention for its design by the competition's judging board. It also won an award from the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture competition."

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In 3000 years.. (4, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277774)

... archeologists 3000 years from now will puzzle over their purpose. Obviously such a primitive society couldn't have had electricity.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33277842)

Maybe we need to reassess our thoughts on the dinosaurs...

And on a related aside, the "man-shaped pylon" has room for one more cable connection point...

Re:In 3000 years.. (0, Flamebait)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277874)

Palin, is that you?

Re:In 3000 years.. (3, Funny)

asukasoryu (1804858) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277998)

Maybe we need to reassess our thoughts on the dinosaurs...

Dinosaur shaped pylons? Add it to the list!

Re:In 3000 years.. (2, Funny)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278560)

I vote for Cthulhu shaped pylons.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

RDW (41497) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279426)

'I vote for Cthulhu shaped pylons.'

Pylons are frightening enough already, as anyone exposed to scary UK children's TV in the 70s can tell you:

http://www.bilderberg.org/changes.htm [bilderberg.org]

Re:In 3000 years.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278196)

Obviously such a primitive society couldn't have had electricity.

Look on my works, ye mighty, and be confused.

Re:In 3000 years.. (4, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278220)

A lot of people like to make this claim that in a few thousand years society will have forgotten its ancestry and it will seem so ancient and primitive and confusing.

While obviously we won't seem as technologically advanced, I have a hard time as thinking of ancient societies as primitive. While their technology wasn't advanced their society isn't all that different from todays. There's an upper and a lower class - a work force and a ruling force - I mean we won't get into the complexities of politics or anything - but even people who think ancient greek religion is dead are actually half wrong: If you've ever read a horrorscope you have encountered a reminance of ancient greek society. All the zodiacs are based upon greek mythology, and a lot of greek mythology is based on the stars which still hold signifigant influence in that zodiac culture.

The main difference between now and then is that a lot more people have put emphasis on historians. Before the 1800's there really wasn't such a thing as "Archaeologists" - there were "grave robbers" who would break into tombs and sell the valuables but nothing in the interest of preserving history. (Just as a side note, thats why King Tut's Tomb was such a big deal, the first undisturbed tomb of a pharaoh, with valuables and everything still in tact). But now we have Libraries, Museums, historical conservation acts, basically a whole set of society in line with preserving our history. Yes - there WERE libraries in ancient times, but they were nothing like the libraries we have today. Specifically that libraries were not a public resource, only the aristocracy could use the library (both physically and by law, I mean illegal to enter the library if you don't have permission but if you didn't have permission you were probably illiterate anyways). Anyways, since this age of historical preservation has come about, we haven't really "puzzled" over much of society anymore. There are a few small quirks here and there; debates on how they erected the pyramids, how far back "writing" goes, etc etc. But much of it is just 2 widely accepted answers that keep going back and forth on who is right.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is, 3000 years from now, they won't be going "How did they have electricity back then?" - because we have MANY records of how Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in 1752, and that really sparked development on it. Whereas it was difficult to have the historical records from 1 library survive the test of time way back when, this new fangled internet thing has caused the spread of information so great that the redundancy on our data is so huge that even if every piece of paper is burned and Wikipedia goes down - there are still thousands of documents from every junior high school student that the information is preserved in some form or another. And quite honestly - the sources that AREN'T big are usually the ones with more accurate information. (Every king and pharaoh and emperor claims that they were great - however the accounts from a peasant or soldier are better indicators of how well a nation-state was doing).

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278270)

See: "Joke".

Reference ancient Egypt and the finds regarding electricity.

I have no doubts that records from this time period will survive for far longer than from previous societies.

Re:In 3000 years.. (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278394)

I know, I know.

I just hear a lot of people who DO make that argument as though it holds some water. "We didn't understand society 2000 years ago, so 2000 years from now they won't understand us either!"

It just annoys when I see it and I couldn't help myself. I mean I kind of knew that you were making the joke and my post wasn't really directed at you, it was just something that came to mind when I read it. I really should get back to work instead of writing long posts on /.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278596)

I have no doubts that records from this time period will survive for far longer than from previous societies.

Because punched tape, punched cards, cassette tapes, 9 track tapes, QIC tapes, 8" floppies, 5 1/4" floppies, 3.5" floppies, IOMega discs, Syquest discs, MO discs, ZIP discs, JAZ discs, VHS tapes, 8mm tapes, SmartMedia cards, and xD cards last so much longer than stone tablets.

Re:In 3000 years.. (2, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278668)

I think you defeated your own point.

You just listed 17 forms of storage, which is merely a fraction of what's available. Further, information replication technology being what it is, it's not like 2000 years ago when it took a month+ to scribe a book.

I'll grant you, it's a question of quantity over quality, but the results are the same; records from our society will last far longer than from previous societies.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279132)

That book is still readable, though.

A few strategically scattered EMPs and all of those tapes and discs could be as valuable as the plastic they're printed on. If the devices to read them are lost, the information on them is lost. With a clay tablet, all a person has to do is crack a code which can be seen by the unaided eye.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279226)

And a book is susceptible to fire/rain/environmental effects. More so than many storage mediums we have available today.

It's not inconceivable that future generations will be unable to reverse engineer a reader device, should it become necessary.

And it's not as if once data is written to a storage medium, thats it's final destination. How many pictures do you have that were originally taken on the old developed film? Then you moved them to your harddrive, then another harddrive. Maybe you backed them up on a DVD, perhaps a flash drive?

Again, replication of data is key here.

Re:In 3000 years.. (0, Flamebait)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279404)

A few strategically scattered EMPs and all of those tapes and discs could be as valuable as the plastic they're printed on.

Humorously, the first two examples were paper tape and punch cards. Admittedly a six-digit slashdot UID would not be expected to be able to read those, but at least some of us 5 digit UIDs can. Not by inserting into an orifice but looking at them visually. This is an historically interesting skill for us 5 digit UIDs, kind of like going to a Renaissance Faire, although I'm guessing the 2/3/4 digit folks actually submitted slashdot posts via punchcards in ye olden days.

And as for the plastic comment, the best "paper" tapes were actually made out of mylar, so you were right even when you were wrong, although "best" depends a lot on the gear you use them with, etc. Mylar not so good for certain optical readers, etc.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33280384)

I've never seen a punch card outside of a display or museum.

Since /. was started in '97 and went to accounts, what in '98, we weren't using punchcards then.

I would have been a 2 or 3 digit but I didn't see the point in registering at first.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33280346)

EMP isn't going to do anything to optical disks and the effects of EMP is often exaggerated in the media.

A few strategically scattered EMPs are not going to destroy all magnetic media and even if it were to destroy 99.999% of civilian data there are still terabytes and terabytes of national archives, corporate archives, and backups in secure, hardened sites and facilities in the United States and Canada. EMPs across North America to destroy the heartland of the US and Canada won't effect Hawaii, Guam, data on warships/submarines, Okinawa, Diego Garcia, Alaska, the South Pole, US corporations and embassies overseas.

"An EMP would probably not erase data stored on magnetic tape."

http://www.empcommission.org/docs/A2473-EMP_Commission-7MB.pdf [empcommission.org]

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279160)

I guess they will wonder what "Software Patent" or IP is???? In fact, can anyone of explain what SP/IP really is? This is patented too? I have to pay you royalty for the answer? WTF?

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279374)

I just wonder, am i allowed to dig in the government top-super-hyper secret documents.... What? I am not allowed? I am not literate enough? How funny that the history is again repeated, lol.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278568)

... archeologists 3000 years from now ...

will wonder why there is a rusted blob of steel on the ground at regular intervals across uneven terrain. Until they get bored and go to Egypt to check out pyramids.

But the proposal finally explains... (1)

mike.rimov (1148959) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279350)

1 - What all those heads were used for on Easter Island.
2 - How they moved the heads.

Re:In 3000 years.. (1)

Kalidor (94097) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279526)

All of a sudden the Easter Island statues' purpose becomes clear!

What a good idea... (4, Funny)

Entropius (188861) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277788)

... Terran-shaped pylons! That way you can disguise one in their base until you're ready and then bam! warp in dudes.

OMG! mod this up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278114)

Didn't you people ever play starcraft??

Re:OMG! mod this up. (1)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278404)

Must... construct... additional...

ARRGGHH

Re:What a good idea... (2, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278290)

You require more minerals.

No. Seriously dude, get out into the sunlight more often, get some vitamin D.

MOD PARENT FUNNY (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279368)

you know it is. quite elaborate.

Icelandic Company Designs Human Psylons,,, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278324)

now that would have been worth RTFA.

Re:What a good idea... (1)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279944)

Supply depot shaped pylons would be so imba

Are you really glad to see me? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33277802)

Or just carrying a lot of voltage on the third phase?

Obligatory: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33277804)

Must construct additional pylons.

I like them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33277808)

If we have to have things like high-power lines, we might as well make them as beautiful and mesmerizing as possible. I can't understand why we make so much without giving a nod to the beauty we have the capacity to create. I also like these a LOT more than the winner (http://www.dezeen.com/2009/03/30/high-voltage-transmisison-line-towers-by-arphenotype/), but that's just my opinion.

Re:I like them (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278414)

If you ever get down to Orlando, FL, pay close attention to the pylons there. Many of them are Mickey Mouse Ear-shaped.

Not that I'm a big fan of rampant commercialism, but there are a crapload of shapes that are every bit as practical and structurally sound as the current ones, and require little to no extra materials. At least Disney Inc was being inventive. And I have to imagine the interlocked circles are pretty stable, on the whole.

Hell, if companies would help pay for the infrastructure, I'd be (vaguely) OK with some of them being in corporate logo shapes. I'd find that no more objectionable than the current eyesores they are, and it'd make some ad money serve some practical purpose.

Re:I like them (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279444)

they look too abstract. and unnatural. human pylons were better.

Yeah, they look cool but.... (4, Insightful)

Maddog Batty (112434) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277896)

This is the same as the gravity powered lamp (http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/20/1446256). It is a good idea that looks cool (cool enough to win awards) but has major drawbacks which make it completely impracticable to build.

Pylons typically have four large legs widely spaced apart for good reasons. Reducing them to two and making them very narrow isn't a good thing (TM). They also typically have 6 arms so as to keep the cost per cable down and each different design has to go through a lot of testing to ensure it can cope with the loads.

Nice blue sky thinking but an engineer hasn't been anywhere near the plans. If you want to give me an award, I to can come up with a nice pretty picture of a car that runs on one fried egg per 1000 miles. It's a nice sound bite but just as impossible to build.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278190)

I'm not an engineer, so take this with a grain of salt...

They don't look terribly different than, say, a radio tower -- relatively straight, narrow, and tall, with cables coming off of them to stabilize them.

But I'm not sure how to deal with the arms -- give them six arms, and it becomes nightmare fuel.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (4, Interesting)

Bai jie (653604) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278212)

Pylons typically have four large legs widely spaced apart for good reasons.

No they don't, Pylons typically only have one large Octahedron crystal in which the tip barely touches the ground.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (2, Insightful)

Jumperalex (185007) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278908)

Actaully they have both and it just depends. Here in the States, I see more four-legged power-line structures than I do the single point types. But I have seen them. Anyway the point is, the GP clearly doesn't realize there is more than one way to make a structure that is sturdy.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279468)

That whoosh over your head is not the sound of your Wraith start fighters engaging the enemy.....

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278260)

Pylons typically have four large legs widely spaced apart ... They also typically have 6 arms ...

Ah, so we should fashion them after a four-legged [blogspot.com] Buddha [sideshowworld.com] ? Although, "Centaur Buddha" sounds more like a 90s alt-punk band...

Re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279342)

We should make them like hentai porn.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (3, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278282)

These almost certainly wouldn't be impossible to build, in fact they don't look like they'd even be that difficult to engineer. The more practical question is how much more would they cost compared to a more traditional tower, and does society see a value in spending that extra money. Just because something is utilitarian doesn't mean that it shouldn't look nice. While a straightforward steel bridge can certainly have an inherent beauty to it, I'm glad that I see many different designs in my travels. Helps keep the world a more interesting place.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278442)

Reducing them to two and making them very narrow isn't a good thing

One word: cankles.

6 arms... or more... (2, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278494)

Humanoid statues can hold cables with their elbows, shoulders, top of their head, middle of their chest etc.
Not just with their hands - like real humans.

And if you think that humanoid pylons are impractical - get a load of these ugly things. [dezeen.com] No pun intended.
And then try imagining servicing one of those nightmares.

Re:6 arms... or more... (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279182)

Entirely subjective.

I think those are beautiful. Pain in the ass to service, perhaps, but visually beautiful. The fact that the design varies for longitude and latitude makes them even more appealing.

Well... subjectively... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279600)

Those look like plastic vomit oozing over the remains of an umbrella accident.

"Shape of each one varying according to its longitude and latitude" is pretentiouspeak for "bigger ones would look different than the small ones or otherwise it would fall down and break into million pieces".
Meaning that they've even managed to fail their own "adaptability of nature" blurb - each tower would HAVE TO BE uniquely designed and prefabricated.
So much for adaptability. Or nature.

And good luck replacing or fixing one in a jiffy next time a volcano decides to erupt and causes earthquakes, floods and your run-of-the-mill volcanic eruptions.

Re:6 arms... or more... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279494)

Humanoid statues can hold cables with their elbows, shoulders, top of their head, middle of their chest etc.
Not just with their hands - like real humans.

If you think of all the places that have had piercings, there's quite a few more places to hang an insulator.

Yeah... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279642)

And just think of all the Japanese tourists [wikipedia.org] coming to see them.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (3, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278614)

Pylons typically have four large legs widely spaced apart for good reasons.
If you look at the pictures, they have lots of guy wires keeping them stable, a system which would work with even a single foot.
They also typically have 6 arms so as to keep the cost per cable down
The pictures show 4 attachment points at hands and elbows. Top of head would be an obvious fifth point, and there is no reason the wires can be just as widely spaced as on a traditional pylon.

The only real drawbacks are these require additional material ti build and additional setup costs, but the net result looks more like art than a boring series of towers.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279020)

The contest winner [dezeen.com] has 3 legs and 2 arms, +3 additional attachment points. I hate to sound this terrible, but this is Iceland we're talking about, not Southern California. They probably don't need wall-to-wall high-voltage wires.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (4, Insightful)

DeadboltX (751907) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279120)

Problem solved: Just make each pylon a pair of copulating humans. You then get 4 legs, 4 arms, maybe some knees and elbows depending on the varying positions.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (2, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279126)

I have it on fairly good authority that structures of this shape are capable of standing upright.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279194)

I don't see the point of speculating about this, because a real structural engineer could give us an authoritative answer should anyone actually want to build some of these. He'd just plug the configuration into some kind of finite element analysis doohickamajiggie and tell you "go ahead" or "forget it" or "overbuild enough to raise your cost estimate by 5x". That at least covers the kinds of issues you raise here.

It is possible that these things might have unexpected dynamic properties, but that could be checked by prototyping.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (2, Informative)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279260)

This [flickr.com] is how they have been building them around here for the last few decades. Clearly it works.

Re:Yeah, they look cool but.... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279542)

The obviously solution is to convert the population to Hinduism and give the figures 6 arms.

Wow. Just wow. (0, Redundant)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277898)

What a retarded use of human resources.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (2, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278136)

What a retarded use of human resources.

So you've never ever bought something because it looked good? Thank goodness people like you don't have their way all the time. The world would look like Soviet Russia if they did.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278340)

So you've never ever bought something because it looked good? Thank goodness people like you don't have their way all the time. The world would look like Soviet Russia if they did.

Have you ever bought a frying pan because it looked good?

A hammer?

A screwdriver?

You get the point. :P

Re:Wow. Just wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278554)

Is it the iFryingPan, iHammer, or iScrewdriver? Because only Apple knows how to make great user interfaces.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278946)

Have you ever bought a hammer, frying pan, or screw driver? You think the colors/shape of the handles on those devices are entirely utilitarian in form or do you think just maybe, they might also be made to be aesthetically pleasing? It doesn't matter as much with tools of course, but then you don't have that tool permanently installed where you have to look at it every day and have it affect property values.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279040)

Would you buy a screwdriver with a handle shaped like a sensuous woman?

And if so, wouldn't you be EMBARASSED to have it in a place where you - and god-forbid, anyone else - might see it?

I know I would.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279036)

Have you ever gone to a high-priced resort island like Iceland because it looked good?

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279396)

Actually...yes on all those accounts.

In pretty much all those cases I prefer the new purchase to match whatever I already own, including looks.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279492)

In Soviet Russia, fashion picks you!

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278550)

How do you figure? It looks like about the same amount of materials for something that was needed anyway. What's so bad about being a little more creative with how you weld the materials together?

Economy of scale goes out the window... (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279296)

If you make every pylon different, you lose the ability to mass-produce the component parts. When the time comes to erect them, the assembly crews are dealing with different parts and different drawings each time, so there is no "learning from experience". And each separate design will need to be tested individually for wind resistance, structural integrity, ice loading, etc.

Yeah, they look cool, but the downsides are numerous, and most likely a project-killer.

Re:Wow. Just wow. (1)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278674)

I dunno, I think she looks kinda hot.

I only read the headline... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33277926)

but how are these any different from supply depots?

missing something? (3, Insightful)

papabob (1211684) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277940)

Reading TFA (I know, I know...) I'm not sure if it's a design contest to _actually_ build the thing or simply to draw something nice to sell to a news agency and fill empty time in tv shows.

BTW, looking at the photos my first thought was "traditional pylons doesn't need chains to maintain verticallity"

Re:missing something? (1)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278512)

BTW, looking at the photos my first thought was "traditional pylons doesn't need chains to maintain verticallity"

Non-traditional, but is it unusual? I thought I'd seen transmission towers with guy wires, or at least some looked as though they should have guy wires (narrow base, tapering up and out).

Re:missing something? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278984)

Non-traditional, but is it unusual? I thought I'd seen transmission towers with guy wires, or at least some looked as though they should have guy wires (narrow base, tapering up and out).

Actually, if you examine the pictures, those are more like "girl wires" since these towers seem to have, uh, kind of wide hips and not much on top if you know what I mean. "Honey, does this 16 KV three phase service make my butt look fat?"

From a structural engineering perspective a phallic symbol would be much simpler and more stable, and from an EE perspective probably less corona discharge. Vaguely water tower shaped. Maybe there are some coastie states where that idea would fly.

Nightmare Fuel (3, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33277966)

Wow, and I thought clown dolls were freaky when I was a kid. Can't wait for kids to wake up screaming that the giant electrical skeletons are coming to get them!

By the Power of GreySkull... (1)

Lensman (21605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278038)

All they would need now is one holding a sword aloft, and the words will flow from the mouths of geeks everywhere: "I have the Power!!!".... :-)

Weird! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278042)

So giant robots will not be scary at all compared with metal towers? What a marvellous idea. The Eiffel tower is due for an anthropomorphic makeover any day now. The colossus of Paris perhaps.

Re:Weird! (1)

nbauman (624611) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279058)

Gustav Eiffel already gave his tower an anthropomorphic makeover.
http://www.uh.edu/engines/statlibskel.jpg [uh.edu]

Re:Weird! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279172)

It's...it's a Transformer!

They might be giants (4, Funny)

pavon (30274) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278046)

Note to self, don't invite Don Quixote to Iceland.

Do it!! (2, Insightful)

dwheeler (321049) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278072)

If they do the real job effectively, and don't cost too much more, they should do it. In fact, I'd like to see these worldwide. If human-shaped ones don't have enough legs, then animal-shaped ones might be good alternative (dinosaurs? dogs? dragons?).

Today's pylons do the job, but let's face it, they're ugly. If we have to dot our landscapes with pylons, we should at least make them interesting.

And now... (0)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278086)

Would you like to buy some Icelandic Honey Pylons? Oh please! We're bally cold and there's nothing but bloody fish to eat!

What could possibly go wrong? (0, Redundant)

Afty0r (263037) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278104)

I for one welcome our new terrain-conquering giant pylon overlords.

YOU REQUIRE ADDITIONAL PYLONS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278126)

Apparently, Iceland does indeed require additional pylons. No word on if they need moar vespene gas, however.

Cool! (1)

ITBurnout (1845712) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278216)

Deathrace 2000!

mod 0p (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278390)

Less is more (4, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278420)

The towers of the George Washington Bridge [wikipedia.org] were originally to be given a faux masonry facing.

To our great good fortune that never happened:

"The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance." (Le Corbusier, "When the Cathedrals were White")

in a few years (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278478)

confused hippies will assume the burning man festival has been moved to iceland and multiplied by 1,000. they will proceed to inadvertently bring down the entire country's electrical infrastructure during the namesake ritual of the closing of their festivities. iceland will discover they can successfully drive the hippies back into the sea with the playing of bjork music over loudspeakers. but the smoke from the burning human pylons will result in europe closing down their entire airpace for a week

Humanity is screwed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33278642)

They designed human Cylons? Have televised science fiction dramas taught us nothing?? ... oh.

How prestigious! (1)

AhabTheArab (798575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278700)

Wow, the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture. What an honor. What's next? An Academy Award for "Best Unmade Motion Picture".

Re:How prestigious! (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279550)

An Academy Award for "Best Unmade Motion Picture".

Alex, What is the Star Wars movies containing Jar Jar Binks?

Re:How prestigious! (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279610)

Motion Picture Best Left Unmade?

I think The Spice Girls' Star Wars Halloween Sponge Bob Princess Adventure already won that.

Easter Island Statues (2, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278856)

Um, has anybody checked if the Easter Island Statues had signs of carrying power cables? That answer might clear up a lot of riddles.

Pylons (1)

js3 (319268) | more than 4 years ago | (#33278942)

you must construct additional pylons!

Irrational fear (1)

realsilly (186931) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279042)

My fear with those human looking pylons is that the electricity will be connected wrong, and in some freak incident, the damn things will come alive and start stepping on people.

But it's sure would be cool as shit to see that Irrational Fear come to pass also.

Nevermind me.... I'm silly.

Soylent Pylon (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279352)

Det. Thorn: You tell everybody. Listen to me, Hatcher. You've gotta tell them! Soylent Pylon is people! We've gotta stop them somehow!

What a waste... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33279720)

This seems like something best left to the world of Sim City.

Added benefit (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279836)

They'll scare off the Daleks.

Eiffel Tower (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33279916)

Why not shape them like the famous and popular Eiffel Tower?.....oh wait

awesomely beautiful (2, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 4 years ago | (#33280062)

I hope they go ahead with this because it's beautiful, and it's a comparatively inexpensive alteration to existing towers that converts them from a necessary eyesore into something that at least some people will actually enjoy. I'll go back to Iceland again just to see these, if they do get installed.

. It's also quite an upgrade for their power system. Iceland produces *enormous* amounts of electricity from their hydroelectric plants, so there's always a need for more power lines from the interior, where the reservoirs are located, to the coast, where the aluminum smelters are being built. I was reading a discussion of electrical systems in a small museum in Vik (I believe) where they mentioned that until the 1960's much of Iceland had single-wire power distribution -- not single phase, mind you, but just a single wire, that carried high voltage, and used the earth itself as the current return path. Any building with power outside of the few cities had its own monster variable transformer so the people living there could adjust the in-house voltage to the value they needed, to account for voltage drop along the supply line.

Pffft (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33280100)

They simply couldn't figure a way out of wire-frame preview mode and cooked up a good story. My boss does this all the time.

Burning Man (1)

rwyoder (759998) | more than 4 years ago | (#33280300)

Obviously, Iceland is hoping to host the next one.
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