Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tesla Christmas Tree

Christmas may be over, but I had to share this amazing Tesla Christmas tree. Measuring a huge nine meters (thirty foot) high, the Christmas ‘Tree’ was created using 500,000 volts of electricity and a ‘lightning machine’, or Tesla coil.

West-Australian-based consultant physician (and amateur physicist) Peter Terren is behind the festive, power-hungry electrical theatre, first making international headlines in April 2009, when he posed as Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ whilst channelling an electrical current beneath a semi-circle of sparks. Based on an earlier electrical creation in 2007, the ‘tree’ only looks like white sparks to the naked eye, photographed above using long-exposure.

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