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 to them is an ambiguous one. They support an awesome power; one we cannot approach too closely. At the same time, they have an abstract beauty that is cloaked in an anthropomorphic form. The technology can seem 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.