Rebecca Rothfus’ Cell Tower Portraits

Art & Design

Ah those giant cell towers. How they make us so happy by allowing us to use our cell phones to make calls to anyone we want. They represent technological progress, no doubt, but don’t they also kind of look ugly? Obscure otherwise beautiful views? Kind of stick out like giant metal sore thumbs? Artist Rebecca Rothfus has these same conflicted feelings:

“For some time now, I have been intrigued by the relationship between cell towers and their surroundings. I find the structures compelling and beautiful, but I also consider them blights on the landscape. The visual contrast between the towers and their physical surroundings becomes even more complicated when one considers what these objects represent. They carry with them a feeling of optimism and progress yet serve as a reminder of our dependence on technology and rapid development of land. I incorporate abstract imagery representative of sound waves and rays of sun to further idealize the cell towers. These additions to my images also hearken back to early twentieth century representations of industry and symbols of progress.”

See more of her work, exploring quite beautifully, these cool but not-so-attractive modern structures that are pretty much here to stay, on her portfolio.

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  1. Gary G. Mapa

    Aug 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Here’s the upside to “ugly”. Ugly is a mile of wood telephone poles, each unplumbed, loaded with wires, copper to be stolen and never maintained. It won’t be in my lifetime but one “so called ugly” cell tower will replace thousands of wood poles. We just need to get the utility companies to bury the power lines. Can you see it now, one steel pole and thousands of saved trees.

  2. Claudia Endler

    Dec 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

    to me this has a Frank Lloyd Wright graphic feel to it. Really like it! thanks for sharing

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