Monster

There isn’t really much of a rationale behind this – I just fancied constructing an electricity pylon for some reason. Who am I to argue?

I know pylons are considered by many to be a monstrous blot on the landscape. The view would be cleaner without them, of course, but, like many industrial structures, I can appreciate their presence. They’ve always possessed a strange personality to me. I’m wondering if this is rooted in an old advertisement from when I was very little, which showed pylons coming to life and striding across the landscape toward the sea, heralding the bright future of cleaner, more efficient energy generation. When I’d seen enough times to no longer be slightly creeped out, I enjoyed it.

pylon-081One of the nice things about creating a rather simple model like this is it means I can happy snap without ever leaving the house, and manipulate the weather as required. This was an excuse to focus on the latter:

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As the sun sets, let’s hope these pylons don’t go walkabout any time soon.

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17 comments
  1. I love your pylons! They’re awesome! And I agree… they are rather cool. But now that I’ve seen March of the Pylons, I will forever adore them! How cool is that?? Awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha! Thanks, Charlie, and I’m glad you enjoyed that – it is pretty neat for an advert. I always used to wonder if they were walking around like that when we weren’t looking. It’s a relief to see from the comments that I wasn’t the only one!

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      • haha! I would have imagined the same thing! Good to know we’re not alone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Beautifully done! Iโ€™m so glad youโ€™ve been making pylons Jacob, Iโ€™m also strangely drawn to these structures in the landscape . These look fab, they have real character , and they do look like they could suddenly uproot themselves and go striding off ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Phil! Glad to find someone here who feels the same way, even if neither of us quite know why ๐Ÿ˜›

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  3. Rebecca said:

    I used to be scared of pylons as a child (saw a kids TV drama in the 70s where they were the ominous presence), but these I really love. Super lines! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Rebecca! I remember at school being shown a pretty scary public information film from around the same time – pylons aren’t to be messed with!

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      • Rebecca said:

        Those films were something else. I remember vividly one set on a farm. My husband retains strong impressions of the Building Site version… We are the traumatised generation (but still alive!) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Cool pylons, and I love the March of the Pylons advert. I also remember the public safety adverts as mentioned – kids flying kites too close, or climbing up to retrieve frisbees, that sort of thing. Pylons are such awesome structures though, imposing and impressive. They also bring to my mind the tripod aliens from War of the Worlds.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed that; it’s a great ad I think. The safety film I remember being shown was a boy climbing up – pretty chilling, but I suppose it did its job. ‘Imposing’ describes them perfectly. I was only earlier reading a YouTube comment from someone who said that their dad told them pylons were sleeping guardians, ready to fend off an alien attack!

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  5. One of them reminds me of Watership Down (the original mentally scarring one, not the weak slightly boring remake)

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    • Jacob said:

      Yeah, the rabbits in the ad certainly bring it to mind! I didn’t see the remake over Christmas, but heard it was pretty naff.

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      • The graphics were appalling, a few scenes were cinematic enough but not many.

        They’d have been better off going for flat animation, very glad the new Mary Poppins did that. That was exactly 100% perfect in my not so humble opinion.

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      • Jacob said:

        Agreed – and even the best 3D will age where good 2D won’t.

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