Art and science collide in ‘Lightning Dreams’
For centuries, humankind has dreamed of harnessing the terrifying, destructive, and beautiful power of lightning. Since the 19th century, devices like the Tesla coil, which produces high-voltage, alternating-current electricity, have replicated its effects. But in the early 1990s, Alan Gibbs began a quest to forge one Tesla coil to rule them all. In her short film, “Lightning Dreams: The Electrum at Gibbs Farm,” Boston-based filmmaker Alberta Chu charts Gibbs’s passion as he commissions the world’s largest Tesla coil.