10 Fun Facts About Nikola Tesla

An Indiegogo campaign was launched by web comic creator Matthew Inman to raise funds for The Tesla Science Center. Raising $1.37 million, which was matched by a grant from New York State, the Tesla Science Center was purchased in May 2013.

Possibly building on the astonishing results of this campaign, a separate crowdsourcing campaign was launched to create a seven-foot-tall statue of Tesla in Palo Alto, California, in May 2013. Raising $127,000 from 722 backers, the statue was erected in December 2013 with a time capsule and a Wi-Fi hotspot free for anyone to use.