WMN Letters: Turbines no worse than tin mine stacks
Wind turbines, so we are told, are destroying the countryside. And that these tall structures, designed to produce energy, are industrialising the Cornish landscape. And they should be removed.
However, there are other tall structures in the Cornish landscape, also built to produce energy and that were an industrialisation of the landscape. But these now are cherished and preserved as icons of Cornwall. And I have in mind the few remaining chimneys from the pump houses of Cornwall’s mining past.
We are told that wind turbines destroy property prices, yet a country cottage close to a Victorian tin-mining chimney commands a premium. This difference raises interesting points in the philosophy of beauty and the nature of perception. And I seek answers. So I will challenge the CPRE in Cornwall to reply to this letter, and to explain the paradox that they cherish mine chimneys but loath wind turbines.
And as the Tate St Ives is
in Cornwall, I invite (rather than challenge) the staff there to speculate how the artists of the St Ives School might have reacted to turbines. Would, for instance, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth have thrilled at their pure form. After all, Hepworth used the once ultra-modern and industrial material Perspex, as well as stone and wood. Or would the naive, but talented, painter Alfred Wallis, who painted an industrialised seascape, with steam-powered ships, have taken happily to a countryside with turbines?
by Theo Hopkins, Lifton