I think there is a particular kind of aesthetic beauty in the simple repetition of forms over large expanses of contrasting landscape. Even more so when those repeated forms provide sustainable energy. The just-approved off-shore wind farm is one such example, solar “farms” are another.
Artists’ rendering of Cape Wind, via NY Times
The well-heeled opposition to the mentioned wind farm has only posed the aesthetic argument that this visual intrusion into the seascape must by definition be negative. I disagree. I think it’s quite attractive, calming, and interesting. I think the connotations only increase our appreciation of the natural environment that serves as the backdrop (or, more appropriately, the visual context/physical participant). My interpretation is built on the “purely artistic” cues from the vocabulary of the landscape artworks of Smithson, Goldsworthy, or – the best exemplar to illustrate my perspective – Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field. Too bad we have more hot air than wind around here….