Creepy Russian high-voltage towers


24 Responses to “Creepy Russian high-voltage towers”

  1. autark says:

    That’s Ted Stevens’ internet!

  2. technogeek says:

    Oooh. Pretty.

    (I like epic-size artwork. If it’s functional, so much the better.)

  3. bjacques says:


    And a hydroelectric dam to power it…

  4. Anonymous says:

    “You fools! Those are Tesla coils!”

    Wrong!!! Those are not Tesla Coils but Transformer Units high above ground to power a Marx Generator.

    The Marx Generator is not in this picture but inside a big tower. Also on site there is a Cockcroft–Walton generator with it’s own Transformer Units.

  5. freeyourcrt says:

    #18 I must be a Slavic Russian at heart because I completely relate your sentiment. Maybe I’m just a malcontent,

  6. schmod says:

    Looks like a Marx generator.

    There are a few similar structures used for particle physics experiments in the US — 36 Marx generators power Sandia’s Z Machine, while a pair of similar-looking Cockcroft-Walton generators serve as one of Fermilab’s particle sources.

  7. ackpht says:

    Every time it rained they probably had to wait a week for the thing to dry out before using it.

  8. GuidoDavid says:

    You beat me to it. It was exactly what I thought, damn!

  9. Anonymous says:

    its like a giant waterslide, only with electricity! fun times!

  10. Daemon says:

    They’re also quite effective against armor but are entirely susceptable to air strikes.

  11. cszostek says:

    Damn. At first glance that looked like a really great tube water slide.

  12. jfrancis says:


  13. Anonymous says:

    viva russia

  14. adonai says:

    Sure that’s not just my old “pipes” screensaver?

  15. Anonymous says:

    As a Slavic Russian let me chime in: Russian cultural products seem creepy to North Americans and Europeans because Russians openly and persistently ruminate on our mortality, which comes across in our literature, art, playground equipment, and the like.

    The weirdness is reciprocal, however: How in the hell can you be so enamored by Obama, who is a fragile mortal leading a short, brutish life? … Dick Cheney, now, that is a soul to relate to…

  16. eti says:

    Creepy? What are these located in Russia’s Uncanny Valley?

  17. Anonymous says:

    You fools! Those are Tesla coils!

  18. chris says:

    Looks like a MegaMan level.

  19. johnlancia says:

    Why is this considered creepy?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Where are the wires?

  21. TEKNA2007 says:

    The vertical parts remind me of tarantula legs.

    More trippy Russian design aesthetic. (Is that a series of tubes?)

  22. mdh says:

    Unless the one in Baghdad is online, nobody can control the weather.

  23. Anonymous says:

    It’s a futuristic jail. The inmates are in the black pods.

  24. PaulR says:

    You see ‘creepy high-voltage tower’.

    I see ‘awesome sci-fi movie set’!

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