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Moving Tesla Statue Nearer the Falls to Further "De-Olmsted" Park

What did he know? "It may be safely assumed," Olmsted wrote, "that no improvement that the State can make will increase the astonishing qualities of Niagara."
Tesla Statue in Goat Island Parking lot, soon to moved next to the falls.
If you know Goat Island, Stedman's Bluff is the section on the northern part of the island where you can stand and view from above the Bridal Veil and American Falls, then turn to your right and walk down the stairs and cross a bridge onto Luna Island where you can get within touching distance of the America and Bridal Veil.
The approach to Stedman's Bluff. Imagine a statue of Nikola Tesla there.

Recently it was announced by the New York State Parks that the Nikola Tesla statue in the Goat Island parking lot will be moved closer to the Falls, to "Stedman's Bluff," above Luna Island, as part of the Niagara Falls State Park's $40 million "de-Olmsted" plan, better known as the "Landscape Improvements" plan.

Stedman's Bluff overlooks the Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. Tesla will now overlook the Falls too.

Frederick Law Olmsted, famous American landscape architect and designer of the original Niagara Falls Reservation, believed that one of the superior views of the falls was at Stedman's Bluff. His park design prohibited statues and manmade art, stores, restaurants and gardens anywhere in the park because he felt it distracted from the natural beauty of the falls.

The plan to move the 15 foot tall Tesla statue is entirely in keeping with the de-Olmsted plan.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Mar 04, 2014