"A Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley"
Video of "A Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley" unveiling ceremony. Photo of Dorrian Porter of Northern Imagination speaking at the unveiling courtesy of Scott Kline Photography.
Unveiled on December 7, 2013
I was thrilled to have been commissioned by Northern Imagination to create a seven-foot bronze statue to honor Nikola Tesla, a man I had admired for many years. The statue to be installed in the land of inventors: Silicon Valley, California.
Funding for the full-sized statue was successfully raised throughout the month of May, 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign: "A Statue of Nikola Tesla in the Silicon Valley". I am immensely thankful to Dorrian Porter at Northern Imagination for the opportunity to sculpt the image of this great man and the 772 Kickstarter backers who made it possible.
Terry Guyer Interviewed about the Nikola Tesla Statue on Darlene Carman Presents.
The Nikola Tesla Statue Process
We chose to emphasize Tesla’s invention around wireless electricity due to the uniqueness of the invention (now and then).
A humble vs. showmanship posture and achieving a likeness to Tesla was the focus. Tesla enjoyed demonstrating wireless electricity involving a wireless bulb in the 1890s.
Selection of location in Palo Alto:
The Tesla Statue is proposed to be situated immediately after the off-ramp of Page Mill Road, one of Palo Alto's busiest streets, leading to California Avenue, which means it will be seen by thousands of passing automobiles and pedestrians every day. The area continues to see increased development for office space, especially for technology start-ups.