A show on wind turbine aesthetics and protest
Friday, November 20th — 26th
Daily: 7 am – 4 pm
Preview: Friday 20 November 6:00–9:00pm Free drinks available
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1093842173973744/
Location: Blue Turtle Oasis, 210 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8SA
Artists: Chris Madden, Andrew Rokeby-Thomas, Lightsight, Christopher Gorham, Christopher Weber, Cris Brooks
Loughborough Junction art exhibition seeks to explain societal challenges to installing community wind turbines, a common form of environmental, local renewable energy.
While most protests against wind turbines tend to focus on the noise and lowering of real estate values, the group British Artists Against Wind Turbines says there is an aesthetic argument against 50-foot blades blocking traditional scenery.
This exhibition coalesces images from artists and non-artists alike that represent the struggle to reconcile wind turbines’ utility with their decidedly strange appearance.
We need electricity to survive cold winters and cook our food, but we also need beautiful environments for good mental health. While serving electrical and environmental needs, wind turbines are labelled ‘hideous’ or ‘industrial.’
On the one hand, the growing visibility of energy used for survival means it is gaining an increasing presence in our consciousness. Our energy sources have for a century been mostly shuttered in underground pipelines and slender wires, well-concealed smoke stacks and distant drilling fields, where there is little opportunity to critique or praise it.
On the other hand, looming turbines may be seen as a reminder of the way utility and function can take precedence over beauty and form in human creations, and the failure of wind farm proponents to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue.
In the words of one environmentally-minded commentator: “I wish that a different design of wind harvesting would allow this underused resource to help this country go ‘cold turkey’ on fossil fuels.“
“(Wind turbines) are big ugly things and they are completely out of scale, but nobody talks about beauty and ugliness any more. I certainly wouldn’t paint them. They are unnatural.” (British landscape artist David Hockney)