A magic place hides behind a fence on 23rd and Florida streets. Inside, two robots, Slave Zero and Slave One move their articulated arms and an orbit machine creates mesmerizing circles of colored light. It’s the workspace and gallery of Carl Pisaturo, who has been creating luminokinetic sculptures since 1997.

Pisaturo, who studied biology, taught himself how to design and build pieces that play with sound, movement and color. The Stanford University application engineer says that each piece takes months of work and costs him thousands of dollars.

The artist will open his studio to the public for MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project) on Saturday.   Also see Mapping the Mission, One Backyard at a Time

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Marta came from Zaragoza, Spain to master her English but everyone she speaks to wants to practice Spanish. After just a few months in the Mission, she already feels at home. In her free time she can be found reading books, watching movies, roller skating or just enjoying a good meal, an interesting conversation or a sunny walk around the neighborhood.

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