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July 25, 2006

The battle over wind farm aesthetics

image from reimaginations.com

In the search for alternative sources for energy in America, wind power seems to be a no-brainer... prices are competitive, many parts of the country have abundant wind resources, wind farms are infinitely scalable in size and variable in configuration. Yet, wind farms are voted down in many communities, largely for NIMBY-based aesthetic reasons(*)(**).

To fight against that sentiment, the wind power industry recently created a website called reimaginations.com that offers fine art prints of art inspired by or featuring windfarms.

I love the idea of policy decisions being hashed out on artistic grounds ("Fellow members of Congress, I can not support this proposed change to the Social Security law. The decision to print the bill in Century Schoolbook shows that the opposing party has completely failed to grasp the typographic techniques that will guide our great nation into the new century.")

(*)Personally, I think that a wind-farm can give a lovely futuristic sci-fi look to a landscape. But then, I've also been known to admire a particularly complex arrangement of drainage pipes.

(**)Philosopher Justin Good examined the interaction between of aesthetic view of technology and the aesthetic view of nature in a recent post on Design Observer.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at July 25, 2006 03:31 AM

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