One of the world’s most famous inventors has returned to the Croatian city of Gospić, near his birthplace of Smiljan, or at least his statue has. In 1992 the statue of Nikola Tesla was destroyed in the Homeland War, but now 29 years later the city once again has a monument to its most celebrated son.
There were three statues of Nikola Tesla created by Fran Kršinić around the world, one near Niagara Falls, one neat the building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, and the last in the town of Gospić.
“This is the third identical monument to the great Tesla and the first to be erected in Croatia after the war. The monument was cast 14 years ago, and in this way it returns home after 29 years, from the time of the Homeland War. It is cast in bronze, weighs 1.2 tons and is about three meters high. All activities related to this project were financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia,” commented the director of the foundry Ivan Mačešić, who unofficially added that the entire project is worth about 200 thousand euros, Novi list writes.