Less than a week after kicking off an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a museum dedicated to the life work of Nikola Tesla, The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman has passed his $850,000 goal. The figure was reached courtesy of a $33,333 donation from filmmaker Joseph Sikorski, writer and director of an upcoming independent movie, Fragments from Olympus, based on Tesla's life. Sikorski joins Tesla Motors founder and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk in supporting the project and as a top-tier backer will get a feature on TheOatmeal.com.
With $850,000 raised and a matching grant from New York State, the Tesla Science Center now has $1.7 million with which to bid for the site of Tesla's old laboratory. Another unknown company was previously bidding $1.6 million for the land with views to using it for a new retail park, but Inman hopes to buy the site for a lower amount and put leftover funds towards the museum itself. With 39 days of funding left, too, there's still time for more money to be raised.
Wow, someone just donated $33,000 at the last minute and put us over our goal!$873,169 REACHED!— Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal) August 21, 2012