A group of Danish artists have commandeered abandoned, electric transformer towers for exhibit spaces. Before the island’s electrical transmission lines were buried underground, some years ago, they were strung pole to pole along roadways. Every few miles in the grid, transformer equipment was housed in small, but tall, brick buildings. In recent years they have been empty and shuttered. Last year nine were opened, rejuvenated, and turned into rural, mini-galleries.
This year there will be twelve towers displaying the work of individual artists. Paintings and sculptures are open to public viewing 24/7. A metal flag hanging from a tower signals its “transformed” status. Re-purposing the transformer towers has sparked preservation efforts on their behalf. On Langeland, art is drawing attention to, and increasing awareness of, the built landscape.