With much of our electricity and phone network consigned to the ground in the West we have lost a great art form which is still highly cherished in other parts of the world, where it is very much on public display. Thailand is one such destination which deserves to be praised for its fantastic creations.
With inspiring work such as this it is of little wonder that electricians are hailed as creative geniuses and highly revered by the general public.
Many towns have an annual festival to pay homage to their great electrical traditions. Here the lanterns represent the souls of dearly departed electricians who have been electrocuted whilst performing their noble task.
The intersection of nature and mankind is a common theme as the animal kingdom likes to show its appreciation for the design.
No shop is complete without an electrical shrine. The circular patterns are used to represent the wheel of life, demonstrating the electrician’s trust in reincarnation, a vital motivation given the high casualty rate.
Some creations are just so good that you have to shout about it – hence the loud speakers to proclaim the glory of the work to passers-by.
Light and space here are used to great effect to contrast the rigidity of concrete with the suppleness of cabling.
Temples like to have a piece of electrical art at their gates to attract less pious believers. Here the stark beauty of pure intersecting lines represents the transcendent grace of Buddhist thought.
Telephone connections in Thailand are somewhat more complex than in the West.