In the matter of a month, a group called Northern Imagination raised $127,000 on Kickstarter, the amount needed to fund the building of a statue dedicated to the inventor Nikola Tesla in Silicon Valley. It’s a way of paying tribute to “the person who used his brilliance to advance society” by making “hundreds of significant and groundbreaking inventions in areas of wireless energy, wireless communication, magnetism, radio, x‑rays, cosmic rays, radar, robotics, engine-powered aircraft and much more.” As currently planned, the statue will sit on California Ave in Palo Alto (right in my neck of the woods). Naturally, it will host a free Wi-Fi hotspot and also a time capsule to be opened on Jan 7, 2043.
Meanwhile, halfway across the country, the “Dylan by Duluth” campaign is hoping to raise $159,000 (again on Kickstarter) to build a statue honoring Duluth’s favorite son, the troubadour Bob Dylan. Once complete, the bronze statue will stand approximately 12 feet 6 inches tall and hopefully sit somewhere near Highway 61. Three days in, the still-very-young campaign has received $5,089 from 40 backers. You can help make the Dylan monument a reality right here.