Audiological Transmission #6/​​52: Airwaves – Imparting Received - A Year In The Country
This made me think of the phrase "pragmatic ornamentation" - building and maintaining broadcast towers, pylons etc are things that we need to do (at least we need to do them in order to maintain society and its infrastructure at a certain level) but there is also the element of design, beauty, appreciation to them - utilitarian accidental folk-art is another phrase that could be used.