Public Art: Nicola Tesla, Unplugged

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Public Art: Nicola Tesla, Unplugged

Statue of Nicola Tesla with Phred Firecloud

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The entrance to the Niagara State Park has a seated statue of American immigrant genius Nicola Tesla. The 200-foot drop between Lake Eire and Lake Ontario at Niagra Falls drew him here for the electric possibilities. Nicola died in New York City on January 7, 1943. His papers were confiscated by the FBI.

The statue is symbolically unlighted to reflect the lack of public recognition of his genius. He built a tower in New Jersey to communicate with aliens. He is said to have visualized the alternating current electric motor after a nearby lightning strike.. "Lightning in His Hands" is a book about his life.

Tesla's disputes with Edison and work with Westinghouse were the subject of a 2017 movie "The Current War".

You can visit Bob's blog here. You can read about Nicola Tesla and his exploits in the Edited Guide.

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