Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop: A Playpen for Artists and Makers (Video)

Fog Bank – Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin – Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, San Francisco

Do it yourselfers! You could only wish for a workshop like this.

Autodesk, which makes Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software that designs everything from sports stadiums to videogame characters has built a playpen for artists, architects, furniture-makers, and other creative types (even chefs) to stretch their imaginations using some very expensive machines.

Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is an offshoot of do-it yourself web site, a web hub for the so-called “maker movement.”

Here, artists design using the company’s software and build some marvelous things with tools which consist of everything from 3D printers to CNC machines, Computer Numerical Control contraptions that drill, mill or cut with computer guided accuracy.


A Space for Place: Photography at SF’s Pier 24

Pier24 Shapshots

At first glance the hill looks like a bunny slope only that this one is covered in snapshots. Yes, real snapshots. 350,000 of them to be exact, a representative sampling of the over one million photos uploaded for public viewing on Flickr in one given day during 2010. The exhibit was part of San Francisco’s Pier 24 Photography gallery’s current show, “A Sense of Place.”


Asia’s Strangest Sculpture Garden: Buddha Meets Hieronymus Bosch

Photo © Russell Johnson

I look up at this scary figure clutching a fainted woman. Why do I think of King Kong and Fay Wray? Actually, Kong protected the fainty blonde bombshell in much the same way this Nyak is probably guarding his young charge. In Lao and Thai mythology, Nyaks are figures that protect temples.

But this isn’t where the symbolism stops in perhaps the strangest sculpture garden in Asia.