Negev Desert, Israel – Electric Pole

The Mirage, a Vitrage-Inspired High-Voltage Pylon, Negev Desert, Israel

The small community of Omer is located in the heart of the Negev, Israel’s large desert (that takes up 50% of the size of the country). Blind to aesthetics, a high-voltage power line was built across the desert, with a particular single pylon - 60m-high - creating a painful visual landscape, upsetting residents and onlookers in the community.

The local power company asked me to come up with a solution: how to keep the pylon in place but somehow to reduce its negative visual footprint.

My idea was to turn the pylon into a work of art using vitrage-like sheets of perspex (AKA plexiglass).

The limitations were endless: welding and drilling are dangerous and the high winds have to be taken into consideration, as the sail-like sheets may topple the pylon. After careful planning and engineering process the work was completed and ready for assembly, on site, using cranes.

This unique colorful pylon even got a code name from the Israeli army: The Cathedral.