Monatsarchiv für Mai 2013

Electricity Pylons – Remembering Yesterday

8. Mai 2013

The grid infrastructure that supplies electric power relies on lattice towers. Being developed in the 1920ths, the appearance of these metallic giants resembles the design of one of the most famous symbols of the industrial age: The Eiffel Tower. For sure the romantic city landmark of Paris doesn’t make us think of electricity in the first place. But when it was presented at the World Expo of 1889 in remembrance of the French revolution, it came at the end of a decade of innovation in mastering electricity. Eight years before, in 1881, the first electrical exhibition had taken the public by storm. Hundreds of light bulbs had created an atmosphere of novelty and enchantment. In 1889 the Eiffel tower was erected as the highest building of the world conveying a feeling of ultimate modernity. Den ganzen Beitrag lesen »