Tesla ‘Electric Portrait’ is a lighting installation created as homage to electrical pioneer and ‘father of modern technology’ Nikola Tesla. It was produced as a collaboration between lighting designers ambience and artist Duro Cubrilo.
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 (associated with Edison) is a playful reference to infamous rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla; with Tesla being largely unrecognised for a number of his groundbreaking achievements while Edison received many plaudits. Tesla is designed to be engaged with by the viewer when both illuminated and dormant.
Photography by Ben Glezer
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