Bricks for Nik

Nikola Tesla, synesthete, to be honored with new museum on Long Island

Posted Oct 23, 2014

Nikola Tesla

Synesthete Nikola Tesla.

In his book, My Inventions, legendary Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla wrote about his unusual sensory experiences. “When I drop little squares of paper in a dish filled with liquid, I always sense a peculiar and awful taste in my mouth," the scientist said. His other synesthetic qualities included eidetic memory and prodigious visualization abilities.

Perhaps the most brilliant mind in recent history, Tesla is about to be remembered for his often overlooked genius in a new museum in his honor.

Housed at his last remaining former laboratory site,"Wardenclyffe," in Shoreham, N.Y., organizers have a very successful Indiegogo campaign underway which has already raised over a million dollars and has been promised matching funds up to $850K from New York State:  Supporters have also raised $80K through a "Buy a Brik for Nik" campaign in which donors pay to have their name or some message written on a brick to be displayed there.

The principal of the movement to build the museum is genius cartoonist and author Matthew Inman, behind all those great Oatmeal books and drawings. He recently got some help in this endeavor:

"Within a few hours of posting my review, Elon Musk tweeted that he'd be happy to help.Earlier this week I got to speak to the man directly, and he promised two things.

"1. He's going to build a Tesla Supercharger station in the parking lot of the museum.

"2. He's donating $1 million dollars to the museum itself," he wrote on his website.

Wardencliffe has already had new life breathed into it by eager volunteers dedicated to his memory. This Saturday, for example, 30 owners of Tesla Roadster and Model S cars will drive to the location and participate in a clean-up.

Tesla Museum, Belgrade

Tesla Museum, Belgrade.

There is already a Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, reports my friend and fellow author, Princess Christina Oxenberg, whose family was recently welcomed home after years of war and exile. There, Tesla's ashes are housed in a golden sphere (his favorite shape) and most of his possessions are exhibited. Perhaps some things can be loaned to the U.S. counterpart in the future?

CNBC recently did a report about the new museum in the United States:

Synesthetes have long loved Nikola Tesla. He stands alongside physicist Richard Feynman as an example of people with synesthesia who excel in science.