But a while ago drawing one made me look at them afresh.
And I realised I actually quite like their extraordinary height, their slowly tapering perpendiculars and intricate geometric symmetries.
And just as with weeds, once you've learned the name of something it’s harder to hate it. Pylons are officially called ‘transmission towers’ and they come in a multitude of styles and permutations. The most common are L2s and L6s but just when you think you have their measure you’ll spot one that doesn’t conform to anything you’ve previously seen.
Wouldn’t this look just dandy in the Turbine Hall ?....
(And as it turns out I'm not the only one: they even have their own Pylon Appreciation Society. Check it out.)