In New York lies one of the most interesting, and mysterious spots of the modern world. One where one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century, if not the greatest. Built a prototype tower that was meant to be constructed to test the viability of wireless power transmission. That place is called Wardenclyffe, the man was called Nikola Tesla.
Wardenclyffe was Tesla’s most ambitious project, ever. After his success in creating an alternating current generator, and essentially making the modern world possible. He became obsessed with the idea of finding a way to transfer electricity through the sky.
He was absolutely convinced that wireless power transmission was possible. He was also 100% convinced that he was in contact with aliens from mars... Who were in fact conveying many of his ideas to him. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s “real”, and what’s not, when it comes to Tesla.
In spite of where he may have gotten this idea, he was able to convince financier J.P Morgan to invest in him, and his ideas. And construction on Wardenclyffe tower (Tesla Tower) began in 1901.
After construction began it wasn’t long before the project was saddled with financial troubles. Tesla was a great inventor and thinker, there is no doubt about that... But when it came to accounting, he was far worse than mediocre.
With his extravagant spending habits, and no cost spared attitude when it came to building experimental prototypes, and with how large the Wardenclyffe project was, he ran out of funds very, very, quickly. J.P had warned him, there would be no more financing coming his way, Tesla did not heed this warning and spent as though there was to be, a never ending supply of funding.
Had he kept the royalty contract, and renegotiated his position with Westinghouse, money would never have been a problem. But Tesla, ever the humanitarian, never the businessman, didn’t even consider this. He just wanted to help people, and didn’t understand the greed that drives most men.
After J.P’s financing ran out, Tesla was never able to find enough funding to finish the project and in 1906, it was abandoned. It’s potential never to be realized.
But was the idea behind the tower viable, could power be transmitted without the use of wires?
Tesla thought so.
There’s a 1904 image of the tower, and at the top there appears to be a pyramid shape. It’s meant to focus the energy the tower is picking up, but why is it made in the shape of a pyramid?
Did Tesla know something we have yet to figure out? Did he understand the true purpose of the Great Pyramid of Giza?
To this day, no one has been able to explain what function the Great Pyramid served, other than “It was used as a tomb.” No explanation is given. And that doesn’t explain the complex construction, the very specific stones used, or why NO body was ever found inside, despite the “tomb” being sealed for centuries.
Is it possible that Tesla wasn’t in contact with Aliens, but instead was recalling very vivid memories of a time when technology like this existed? A time when the pyramids were pristine, and possibly power plants themselves?
Just as farfetched as the alien idea? Perhaps, but still, it’s fun to think about what inspired Tesla, the similarities between his tower and the great pyramid. And what would the world look like today if he had succeeded?
Just a few things I’ve been thinking about when it comes to the enigma that is Tesla... But, enough of that. Here’s some art! :P
I think this bad boy is done, looks pretty balanced and detailed to me... Might add a few things to it... Can’t decide, just keep staring at it. Let me know what you think.
Happy Wednesday Everyone, Hope you’re enjoying the weather, and your week.
Sincerely, Bret Frick.