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San Francisco-based artist and designer George Zisiadis is making quite a splash with his work. But you won't find his exhibits inside any local art gallery or museum. That's because George specializes in bringing child-like joy to his fans with whimsical installations that are a perfect mesh of technology and art.
Over the years, he has conjured up numerous fun 'art' exhibits. Among his most recent creations is 'Pulse of the City'. Currently installed in Boston, the interactive public art project involves giant solar-powered plastic hearts equipped with side handles and a large speaker in the middle. When passers-by grab the handles it detects the users pulse, and generates a unique song that corresponds with their heartbeat. Thus, a person who is out for a jog will produce a different rhythm than a person on a stroll. Since each song is generated by an algorithm detecting and synchronizing to the heartbeat, it is likely that no two songs will be exactly alike. Commissioned by the Mayor of Boston as part of his campaign promoting fitness and health, the five heart installations located across the city, are proving to be extremely popular with its residents.
The artist is also in the process of planning a fun project for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and Design. This one will involve the installation of giant 10-ft. wide pinwheels to the building's exterior, which will be connected via tubes to a giant horn in the plaza. When visitors blow on the horn, the giant pinwheels will start to turn rapidly. While the visitors will feel as though they are powering them, the reality is a little different. Whenever someone blows into the horn, hidden microphones will set the strategically placed motors connected to the giant pinwheels in motion, making it a magical experience for even the youngest of visitors.
Some of the artist's other fun projects include 'Bubbleverse', an immersive interactive experience in which San Francisco residents were invited to dance and play inside a 5000 sq.ft. warehouse filled with floating bubbles, and then prompted to share their happiest moment on a communal billboard. Not surprisingly, the 'Happiness Laboratory' attracted over 20,000 people during the two weekends it was open.
During Christmas time last year, the artist launched a 'Mistletoe-Drone' that flew over unsuspecting couples in San Francisco's popular Union Square encouraging them to share a kiss.
And the young artist is nowhere close to being done yet. George's sketchbook is brimming with fun ideas that include a 'Subway Roller Coaster,' 'Skyscraper Ziplines,' as well as a 'Disco-Ball Traffic Light', all just waiting to be executed. We for one cannot wait to see them.