GRIDLINES

 

Electrical towers and their endless lines of sizzling wires stand 

like sentinels of our technological society. Their size and singularity

provide a sense of scale as they interrupt and frame our experience 

of the land. Our need for their service makes their appearance 

ever-present. The relationship we have with them is ambiguous. 

They support an awesome power; one we cannot approach too 

closely. Simultaneously, they have an abstract beauty that is 

cloaked in an anthropomorphic form. The technology seems to 

be from a futuristic fiction, made up of strange giants attached 

to bizarre substations, with Rube Goldberg looking devices, to 

connect us to a modern world. The places where these towers are 

located have the names and identity from a past, when the landscape 

was thought of as an idyllic re-creation of a new world. They are 

suggestive of what the landscape holds, rather than the shape of 

gridlines that we layer upon it. I look through the lens of landscape to

question how our perceptions shape our experience with the natural world.