By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
Singapore’s latest photo art craze finally lands here in Manila. Picxel, which is a play on “picture” and “pixel” was put up by entrepreneurs Yogev, Sagi, and Yinon Vardi. The Vardi family wanted to share their love of creating photo mosaics, and that’s how they opened their very first shop in Singapore.
“I saw it in Singapore and brought it home, sharing it with my sister May. We both fell in love with it. She did it with her kids. I did it with mine. We saw the craze spreading around the world so fast, we talked to to Picxel’s founder Yogev Vardi, who happens to be my friend, and worked out how to bring it to the Philippines,” shares Marvin Agustin, who brought in Picxel.
It’s fairly easy to have your very own photo pixelized. Just submit a photo, wait for the computer to convert it into a mosaic, and the staff will assemble the kit for you to bring home. A kit consists of guide printouts, base plates with each one consisting of 32 by 32 pieces of colored bricks, and packs of 100 colored bricks.
Assembled with love
Bring them home and start building with the whole family. It’s a great way to get the kids away from using their gadgets, and get them started with tactile experiences like building this project with their bare hands. “There was this special moment when you’re all working together and having fun at the same time. It’s not just a thing or a product. It can be an experience to enjoy with your close friends or family, since you can do the building yourself. Anyone can have a picture hanging on a wall, but this is a shared work of art, assembled with love,” adds Agustin.
For more details, follow @picxelph on Instagram.