SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Holiday Greeting cards are a traditional part of the festive season, yet 40% of American’s admit they dislike aspects of greeting cards today. That is why WP Engine Labs, the innovation and development labs of WP Engine, the SaaS WordPress Company, has announced the ‘Gif The Halls’ event. WP Engine Labs will decorate the walls of San Francisco this holiday season with 100-foot projected dynamic GIFs generated and submitted from people around the world. The event is in partnership with the Gray Area Foundation and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
“As the technology capital of the world, San Francisco is the perfect place to inaugurate a new breed of holiday greetings; dynamically displayed messages for the whole city of San Francisco to see,” said Tomás Puig, Sr. Director of Labs at WP Engine. “Combining the most dynamic WordPress content platform with user-generated art is the best way to light up San Francisco this holiday season. 88% of Americans expect a greeting card this year, but now you can blow away your loved ones by lighting up the walls of San Francisco with your message, rather than sending a boring and impersonal traditional greeting card.”
The projections will go live at two of the most trafficked areas of San Francisco; 687 Market St. and 785 Market St. on Saturday, December 20th at 6pm PST, running through Tuesday, December 23rd 6am PST. Greeting card submissions are free, open to the public and can be completed through a custom Gif the Halls online portal, which allows users to simply generate creative and dynamic greeting cards. WP Engine will also record the projections and send copies to those who submitted greeting cards so that everyone will get to see what their cards looked like at the moment they are projected as the city of San Francisco lives around it. Greeting card submissions are not limited to San Francisco residents, and those living in other parts of the country will receive an email with a video of their GIF as it is projected.
"Through the Gif The Halls collaboration, we are exposing new audiences to digital artists who work at the exciting intersection of art and technology," said Josette Melchor, Executive Director of the Gray Area Foundation, an arts nonprofit supporting art and technology for social good. “Gif the Halls will bring holiday cheer to thousands around the world through our curated experience that breaks down the barriers between the digital and physical world."
WP Engine Labs commissioned six digital artists, from the Bay Area and beyond and curated by the Gray Area Foundation, to put their own unique spin on the art of the holiday card. Users can pick their favorite art, create a personal message, and add their card to the queue to be displayed. Each projection will be captured as an animated GIF for the cards creator to share anywhere online. Gif the Halls is powered by WP Engine’s latest enterprise-grade WordPress SaaS platform, which powers more than 23,000 business and enterprise websites around the world today.
To submit your own personal holiday greeting card for projection, please visit: www.gifthehalls.com.
About WP Engine: WP Engine is a leading SaaS content management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company powers thousands of websites and apps built on the WordPress platform delivering a fast, reliable and secure web experience. All levels of users including bloggers, marketers, SMBs and large corporations rely on WP Engine’s platform to keep their websites up and running. The company’s exceptional customer service team specializes in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience ensuring that each user’s WordPress site continues to perform at its full potential. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California and San Antonio, Texas.