Monday, October 17, 2011

Artful Soweto cooling towers

The Orlando Power Station cooling towers, located in Soweto (a prominent grouping of townships to Johannesburg's south), were beautifully painted in the run up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup which South Africa hosted. Funded by FNB, a major World Cup sponsor, the now decommissioned towers depict the cultural heritage of the area, and also provide tourists with a variety of thrills. Fearless visitors can now bungee jump, abseil, swing, or even base jump from the towers! What an interesting use for retired infrastructure! 


8 comments:

  1. I think I'll admire their beauty and pass on the bungee jumping.

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  2. This is about as creative a re-use as I have heard of. I hope everyone stays clear of those electric wires on all of those activities.

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  3. How colorful and what a great way to "recycle" a structure! Terrific capture for the day, Susie!

    Sylvia

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  4. Interesting. The only comparable ones I can think of are the Sister Mary Corita-painted gas tanks off the Southeast Expressway leading out of Boston.

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  5. Great idea and it sure looks a bit more colorful now.

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