Electricity pylons, or transmission towers, usually aren't the most interesting structures, just basic towers that keep electrical wires aloft. But some architects have designed innovative towers that are more than mere eyesores.

Land of Giants, 98-ft (30 m) tall towers designed by Choi + Shine Architects, 2008

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55-105-ft (17-32 m) high plyons, designed by Dietmar Koering, 2009

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Superstring, by Yong ho Shin, 2010

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A design by Youssef Ghali, 2011

A woman, by Elena Paroucheva

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P193, designed by Amec, with Pick Everard, 2011

Migrant Mast, designed by Rever & Drage Architects, Norway, 2011

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Flower Tower, by Gustafson Porter, 2011

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P205, by New Town Studio, 2011

Clown-shaped towers in Újhartyán, Hungary, 2011

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P197, by Knight Architects, Roughan & O' Donovan and ESB International with MEGA, 2011

P113 AL_A Pylon, designed by AL_A & Arup, 2011

Deer and human figures, by the Moscow-based DesignDepot, 2012

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The Land of Giants: Giants of the Wind, by Choi + Shine, 2012

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The 148 ft (45 m) high robot, designed by DOMA, Argentina, 2012

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The images above are from RIBA, except when noted otherwise.