It’s one of those epic gadgets (or toys rather) that we have all at some point toyed with. We used to press our hands, a glass or whatever we could towards those pins to make a cool pattern on the other side. I am of course talking about the pin art gadget that spread such joy around the world when it was first introduced. I think there are still people out there who find the gadget quite interesting, and if I had one, I am sure I would switch the “pattern” out once a day just as a meditative procedure. Well, time flies, and the cool gadgets of yesterday become the retro gadgets of today, and some people just don’t seem to be able to let go of them.
I guess that is a good thing because when creative people can’t let go, they always come up with something oddly amazing. That creativity certainly applies to designer Lulu Guinness who took a different turn and created the giant “Be A Pin Up!” installment which was placed on the street for everyone to have a go at. It was a promotional contest for Lulu’s latest fashion line. It’s basically a huge pin art gadget that any average human can press whatever he or she feels is appropriate into, and in the process, create a pattern for everyone to check out.
The installment has been a huge hit, and pretty much everyone who walks by gets the urge to try it out. Some are of course more daring than others; however, the patterns are always amusing and creative. I hope more artists will take iconic gadgets like this one and create interactive life size gadgets out of them. It’s the ultimate connector, and it is sure to engage a lot of people. Interaction is getting less and less real with all the gadgets and gizmos that are constantly released, so these gadgets are a step in the right direction.