In Brief

750 light globes—and a sly Edison slight—honor this visionary inventor

Tesla ‘Electric Portrait’ is a lighting installation and sculpture created as an homage to electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla. It was produced as a collaboration between lighting studio Ambience, a commercial lighting consultancy from Melbourne, Australia that provides lighting fabrication and design, and Duro Cubril, a conceptual graphic artist and commercial design director.

When viewed as a collective the lightbulbs recreate a portrait of Tesla. The concept behind the use of ‘traditional’ shaped light globes (usually associated with Edison) is a reference to the infamous rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola—with Tesla being largely unrecognized for a number of his groundbreaking achievements while Edison received great acclaim.

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