Looks like we’re going to have to come up with another description for inventor Nikola Tesla, besides “under-appreciated.” Plans for a museum at Wardenclyffe are well under way, and now a Kickstarter project has raised $127,260 to build a life-sized bronze monument to the man smack in the middle of Silicon Valley.
What, no colossus?
The project is the brainchild of Dorrian Porter, who discovered Nikola Tesla four years ago thanks to a Google doodle. The statue will be parked in front of a Palo Alto office building, and it will hold a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Also included: a Wifi hotspot!
The pitch: “This project pays respect to the person who used his brilliance to advance society, not for personal wealth.” Because that really meshes nicely with the C.R.E.A.M. attitudes of Silicon Valley.
Sadly, neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk felt the need to chip in $10,000 to secure the biggest prize:
“FOR THE BENEFIT OF SPACEX — SpaceX will have a right of first refusal to transport the Tesla Statue to Mars, subject to then published interplanetary carriage rates to be paid by Northern Imagination and mutual agreement of placement on new planet prior to shipment in 2043.”
Pretty sure this means we’re all due for a Edison-fan-fueled backlash against Tesla.