Svært mange har engasjert seg i kampen mot Hardanger-mastene. Det ble mange store overskrifter, og mediesirkuset startet med mye protest: Hardanger er en naturperle som må bevares, og mastene ødelegger den uberørte naturen.
Vi trenger mastene fordi mennesker har et behov: Ta strømmen ned fra fjellet – der ingen bor – til kysten. Løsningen kan kanskje være å få mennesker til fjells? I form av master? Choi og Shine har tegnet disse giganter til en konkurranse i Island:
“These designs were submitted as a competition entry in March of 2008 to Landsnet, Iceland national power transmission company who was working in collaboration with the Association of Icelandic Architects. The competition’s goal was to obtain new ideas in types and appearances for 220kV high-voltage towers and lines. The competition emphasized that specific consideration be given to the visual impact of the towers (or lines) and that careful consideration be given to the appearance of towers near urban areas and unsettled regions.
“The competitors were free to choose whether all the towers would have a new look, particular towers and selected environments would have a new look, or whether the appearance of known types of towers would be altered. In addition, it was left up to the competitors whether the design would blend into the landscape in rural and urban areas, or the tower/towers would stand out as objects.
“The main goal of the competition was that a new type of tower/towers would emerge, altering the overall appearance of line routes and that towers could be developed further with respect to environmental impact, the electromagnetic field lifetime and cost.
“The competition was advertised in Iceland and abroad.
-adapted from the Islandic selection committee’s competition report, 2008
(Kile: Choi og Shine)