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The Old Sea Towers And The New

There are forts and castles all round the coasts of the British Isles, the hallmark of an island nation. They're the majestic Norman and Elizabethan keeps, the squat shapes of the forts, batteries and towers of the Napoleonic wars. And they're the metal and concrete constructions that defended the islands throughout the wars of the twentieth century.

Some of the strangest date from that period, the metal boxes of the sea forts that guarded the entrance to the Thames. Standing tall against the North Sea, they're still there, but now they've been joined by something else...

...the elegant shapes of the wind turbines, mechanical flowers growing from the sea, blades slowly turning in the breeze.

It's not hard to imagine some grim meathook Paolo Bacigalupi future where those forts are in use again, guarding the turbines that still power flickers of post-oil crash civilisation -a viridian military at work.

The Old Sea Towers And The New

Reculver, Kent
July 2010


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Jul. 18th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Mostly community radio, someone's art installation and I think one of them tried to declared itself an independent state, but I wouldn't swear to it.

The postcards of them remind me of Martian war machines.
Jul. 18th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Great minds and all that. I present Jay Tyrell, and "Wind Army"


Jul. 18th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Tut tut. How could you dateline that "Reculver" while leaving out the Roman forts of the Saxon Shore in your list of past defences? :-)
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the manga series "Aria"...
Jul. 18th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Stand by - Imperial walkers incoming!
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