The Pyrotechnic Tragedy of Sheffield's Hyperbolic Cooling Towers

Over the weekend, an industrial-age legend was blown up — literally — in Sheffield, England. The Tinsley water cooling towers, two hourglass-shaped, 250-foot-tall structures, were built almost 70 years ago as part of a long-demolished power plant. Several local artists tried to convert the abandoned structures into… » 8/25/08 7:00am 8/25/08 7:00am