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Cultural Icons Featuring Wind Turbines

I don't know how long I've been collecting examples of cultural icons using wind turbines. I know that I had a collection in the early 1990s that I featured in my book Wind Energy Comes of Age. I suspect I began to more assiduously collect items in the mid 1980s after I'd moved to California to work on the wind farms in the Tehachapi Pass. I hardly look for them now they've become so commonplace. Still, I'll add one that strikes my fancy. As a consequence, this list is by no means complete and continues to grow.

Modern wind turbines are becoming an accepted feature of landscapes around the world by a process of cultural assimilation. As wind turbines become a more prevalent feature of today's landscape, they begin to find their way into common artifacts as symbolic images.

This process is no different than that which led Rembrandt van Rijn to portray traditional European windmills as part of his landscape paintings. Rembrandt was personally familiar with windmills. His father operated a windmill near the Rhine River that was appropriately named de Rijn, from which the family took its name.

The Dutch have built a powerful tourist industry around the image of traditional windmills. Many homes in western countries contain bric-a-brac of Delft pottery portraying bucolic images of Dutch windmills.

This process of assimilation is underway today and can be seen on German beer coasters and Danish beer labels, on the dust jacket of a compact disk from the US, and on postage stamps from India, on Dutch passports, phonecards, and much more.

Please click on the image to find out more about each cultural icon.

  • Postcards
    Wine Labels
    Green Power Labelling
    CD Jacket
    Logos
    Olive Oil
    Pop Art
    Doors
    Greeting Cards
    Lego
  • Posters
    Tourism & Identity
    Phonecards
    Software
    Tattoos
    Book Cover Art
    Toys & Model Railroads
    Panel Trucks
    Sketchbooks
  • Breakfast Cereals
    Beer Coasters
    License Plates
    Postage Stamps
    Cycling
    Organic Chicken
    Search Engines
    Quilts
    Chocolate
  • Beer Labels
    Passports
    Advertisements
    Postmarks
    Fingernails
    Magazine Covers
    Currency
    Home Decor
    Cookie Cutters
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