Giga Berlin

In February, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he wanted to fill the company’s new Gigafactory in Berlin with graffiti art.

Many thought he was joking, but this week the billionaire entrepreneur retweeted a Tesla message asking interested graffiti artists to contact him.

“If you want to help cover Giga Berlin with awesome graffiti, send us your work at GigaBerlinArt@Tesla.com,” the message reads.

Despite clashes with environmental protesters over the past year, construction work at the Tesla site, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of the German capital, has progressed steadily.

Earlier this month, however, Musk, visiting the site, said that because of problems with the permitting process, the plant, which will produce batteries, battery packs and powertrains for Tesla electric cars and assemble the Model Y, will likely not open this summer, and work is now expected to begin later this year.

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In comments reported by Reuters, Musk told reporters he blames bureaucracy for the delay, saying: “I think there could have been less bureaucracy, it would have been better.”

The Tesla boss continued: “There has to be some kind of active process of removing the rules. Otherwise, over time, the rules will just pile up, and you’ll get more and more rules until eventually you can’t do anything.”

Reuters noted that Germany is “known for its complex regulation and bureaucracy,” which Musk and Tesla have obviously now experienced.

Nevertheless, having extra months of preparation means that the company can take its time to find talented graffiti artists to help it give the facility some bright colors.

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And that’s not the only thing that will make Giga Berlin starkly different from the usual production facility. In a poll published by Musk on Twitter last year, he asked his more than 50 million followers if they would like to see a “mega rave cave” built underneath the facility or perhaps on the roof as part of the facility. More than 90 percent of the 773,000 respondents approved of the plan. At this time, it is unclear whether Tesla intends to pursue the idea.

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