Fairgrounds St. Pete Project
A Mysterious Portal to the Bay, projection mapping, CGI, audio, mixed media construction, 3d modeling, 3d printing, CNC, Microcontrollers
Mike has created a room size installation for Fairgrounds St. Pete that is the largest and most intricate artwork he’s created to date. The single viewpoint immersive experience places viewers beneath a bridge on a warm summer night where you see, smell and feel the elements in their natural state. This installation transports viewers to a place both eerie and vaguely familiar (to Floridians at least).
A native Floridian, Mike Hicks has lived in the bay area for about 30 years. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from USF Tampa and has worked in various engineering and programming positions ever since. He holds more than a dozen related US patents. A bit of a frustrated mechanical engineer at heart, he started learning 3D CAD and began pestering the shop people at work to print some of his 3D designs (which were horrible, they were very kind to put up with him); he now is known as the “3D printer guy” for the whole place. Occasionally, however, he does dream of winning the lottery and becoming a theater set designer.