Tesla Electric Portrait

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 with graphic 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. 

A depth of 55mm was created to allow enough room for the incredibly intricate wiring system, which featured over 1100 individual wires and over 400 metres of internal cabling. 

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.