“Can we use geothermal energy in a better way than how it’s been done in the past, with ugly above-ground zigzagging pipes that carry the steam and lie across the landscape like a broken zipper?” - Styrmir Gunnarsson (2008) -
Iceland has an extraordinary track record with renewable energy production. Harnessing the islands violent glacial rivers and volcanic energy provides nearly 100% of the heat and electricity for its small population and growing industry.
However, the implementation of these power stations in Iceland has great visual impact on its nature, creating a dilemma for a nation that identifies itself internationally through its image of untouched landscape.
This project highlights the visual impact of these energy structures, how they create an interrupted landscape of tormented rifts, beautiful geometry and strange land art that reshape the surface of the nature.