Best Of 2021

Best loss to the military-industrial complex: Mikhail Mansion of Fairgrounds

Mikhail Mansion of Fairgrounds

Long before he co-founded Fairgrounds, Mansion was applying his knack for technology to another enterprise: designing drone missiles for the U.S. Air Force. Fortunately, he soon realized he wanted to create, not destroy, and moved into the world of new media and interactive art at Brown, the University of Tampa, the Rhode Island School of Design and finally back to his hometown of St. Petersburg to be chief technology officer of Fairgrounds, where he oversees all the wondrous low- and high-tech surprises that await around the immersive art attraction’s every corner.

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