Power and Siding

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 30 2012

Category: architecture

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Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Boy can energy be ugly. Forget the out-of-sight carbon emissions, the raging “sustainable” energy debates, the monthly utility bill. The plain, ordinary aesthetics of alley power distribution are cruel. Enough to turn pleasant homes into victims of the final wires of the grid, ensnared in the snarl of black that delivers the invisible current.

All too often above-ground power lines simply dissolve into the urban landscape. Like fire hydrants, no-parking signs, and traffic lights, they’re just there. But behind my house there’s a quaint little porch with lovely views of the neighboring home’s more private areas. And the burdened former trees that lean beneath the weight of all the insulated metal.

Manhattan has none of it. It’s all underground. Routed through sewers of electricity. I’ve heard Tokyo is the same way. Shanghai certainly wasn’t though, not the part of town I was stationed in. Wrapped in webs of eye sores, but only if you notice them I suppose.

To Electricity.

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