Who knew crowdsourcing initiatives who could be so awesome? Yesterday, John Inman, known more commonly as web artist The Oatmeal, set out to help a non-profit purchase the grounds under Nikola Tesla’s former Wardenclyffe, New York facility.
If you were ever curious about The Oatmeal’s respect for the 19th century Serbian electrician, he laid it out weeks ago in comic format. Tesla, known historically as being underfunded, trampled on by Thomas Edison, being played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and ultimately dying in poverty, is best known for his work in alternating current, which is partially behind how we get to power all of our high-tech gadgets today. As part of his plea to investors, he even challenged Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and namesake Tesla Motors, to help out. Musk announced today that he was committed.
Now the amount that the Oatmeal is asking for is only to match New York State’s contribution to raise $1.6 million to purchase the Wardenclyffe land, not to build the actual structure, which will come in some form later. Still, reaching the half-way mark within 36 hours is an amazing feat and building a museum to honor Tesla is definitely a fitting tribute for one of the most underrated geniuses in American history.