Tesla is a lighting installation created as homage to electrical pioneer and ‘father of modern technology’ – but let’s just call him the master, Nikola Tesla. It was produced as a collaboration between ambience and artist Duro Cubrilo.
This was a real labour of love done over many months with the concept execution being a complex task for what in essence is a very simple technique. Built using 759 energy efficient LED globes mounted to a grid, various mask diameters were perfectly measured around the curve of each globe – allowing exact light levels to escape at different sizes. When viewed as a collective the dots recreate an iconic image of Nikola Tesla.
The concept behind the use of ‘traditional’ shaped globes that are often associated with Edison is a reference to the infamous rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla; with Tesla being largely unrecognised for a number of his groundbreaking and thoroughly awesome achievements while Edison (often unfairly) got much kudos. Tesla is designed to be engaged with by the viewer when both illuminated and dormant.
Photography: Ben Glezer
Electrical: Matt Watson & team from MPW
Thanks to master painter Stuart Adcock for his painting prowess.