An art student from Claypole has produced a series of pictures depicting wind turbines in an attempt to convince protesters that they are not a blot on the landscape.
Lauren Beet, who is studying a BA in fine arts at the University of Lincoln, is keen to add to the fierce debate currently swirling around a planning application to build five turbines on land north of Grantham.
The 126m-tall structures would be erected at Temple Hill near Brandon and have attracted vehement protests from campaign group reVOLT (rural economies and Voters Oppose Loveden Turbines), who say the plans would industrialise a countryside area and open the floodgates for further similar unattractive developments locally.
Lauren, 21, can see a turbine standing at Hough-on-the-Hill from her bedroom window in Claypole and she considers it to be a thing of beauty. The turbine features vividly in her artwork – two wood transfer pieces and two images sewn into cyanotope (a photographic printing process that gives a cyan-blue print) on fabric.
Lauren said: “The aim for this piece of work was to produce something showing that although the turbine is an extremely large structure that it begins to blend into its surroundings and the public begin not to notice them.
“When cloudy, the white of the turbine creates a seamless blend. Whilst in the sunshine, against the blue sky, they sparkle in their own elegant way and almost reflect the surrounding countryside.”
Included in her work is a sound recording taken up close to the base of the turbine which reminded Lauren of a heartbeat, ‘representing that the use of wind power is prolonging the earth’s heartbeat and life’.
She added: “I thought that by showing off my work I may alter the perspectives of some people’s opinions on the matter.”