“There is an influence which is getting strong and stronger day by day, which shows itself more and more in all departments of human activity, and influence most fruitful and beneficial—the influence of the artist. It was a happy day for the mass of humanity when the artist felt the desire of becoming a physician, an electrician, an engineer or mechanician or—whatnot—a mathematician or a financier; for it was he who wrought all these wonders and grandeur we are witnessing. It was he who abolished that small, pedantic, narrow-grooved school teaching which made of an aspiring student a galley-slave, and he who allowed freedom in the choice of subject of study according to one’s pleasure and inclination, and so facilitated development.”
Tesla built this tower, next to his final workshop, with ideas of sending wireless Morse code messages over the Atlantic and transmitting electricity through the atmosphere. Nearby residents reported hearing thunder-like noises and seeing light emanate from the spire. The tower was demolished not long after he had started experiments.
In 2012, the land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower went up for sale. Fans of his work set up a crowdfunding campaign to rebuilt the tower and his lab in order to create a Nikola Tesla Museum in the US. A total of $850k was required. Amazingly, 33253 people pitched in to raise $1,370,461 – far surpassing the initial target. Plus Elon Musk (CEO of electric car company Tesla Motors and rocket company SpaceX) donated $1 Million and offered to fund the building of a Tesla supercharger station in the car park.
If only he had this much support when he was alive!