Multimedia Artist Creates Portrait of Nikola Tesla Using Electricity

To pay tribute to Serbian inventor and electrical engineering genius Nikola Tesla, artist Phil Hansen recently created a portrait of him using only electric sparks.

A time lapse video of Hansen creating the painting shows him connecting a couple of wires to a large battery. He then brings the two naked ends of the wire together to produce sparks. He uses the sparks to create burn marks of varying darkness on paper, creating the eyes, nose and other features of Tesla’s face until the mind-blowing portrait is complete.


Hansen wore a protective mask the whole time he was making the picture, and after zapping away for two whole days, the electrifying picture was ready. Now this is what you call modern art – Hansen sure does know how to keep things current.

We previously featured Phil Hansen back when he decided to exercise his tattooing skills on bananas.

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