Palmtree Drilling Platform

Van Mensvoort
November 9th 2010

In our ‘under the beach lies the pavement’ series. Already in 1973, Steven M. Johnson drew cartoons of oil drilling platforms disguised to look like palm trees, in an attempt by oil companies to persuade the public they would bring no harm to the environment.

Now this cartoons show us three things: 1) How we like to recreate our environment according to our image of nature. 2) How truly sophisticated technology becomes invisible, as it fluently integrates into the fabric of our environment. 3) That oil drilling technology isn't very sophisticated.

Luckily the palmtree drilling platform is just a cartoon, just like these hilarious cell phone antenna trees... no wait, they are real.

Via Neatorama, Thanks Ton.

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Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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