Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hearst Castle


Hearst Castle's Casa Grande

Over the long holiday weekend, I visited the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. The castle was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for entrepreneur William Randolph Hearst. The grounds consist of 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, tennis courts, a movie theater, airfield and a private zoo (yes, at one point there were even lions, tigers and a polar bear ..oh, my!)

After William Randolph Hearst passed away in 1951, the castle was donated to the State of California in 1957. The tour guide mentioned that before donating to the State of California, the Hearst Corporation tried to sell the property and then donate it to University of California at Berkeley. However, neither Cal Berkeley or any private individual were interested in acquiring the beautiful facility.  

It's truly a spectacular destination. If you haven't been in the last few years, the tour is restructured. After the tour, you are now permitted to stroll the luscious gardens and pool area at your own pace. It makes for a special experience as you can experience the history firsthand (now if only we were allowed to jump in the Neptune Pool!)

Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool




Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool



Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Roman Pool


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room


Hearst Castle's Main Dining Room

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Laguna Beach in 3D!

Laguna Beach's historic Main Beach Lifeguard Tower in 3D

The moment arrived! I received my first 3D designed work of art: Laguna Beach's Main Beach Lifeguard Tower! It's exciting to see an idea take life and move through the various phases of development, from concept to design to production.

The artwork is assembled in 3 pieces (tower, base, and boardwalk cover). It's dimensions are 4.89 w x 6.498 d x 5.408 h. I used alumide to create the sculpture, which can support the heat from a small candle.

If you are interested in seeing the 3D model of the artwork, click here.

Monday, May 13, 2013

3D Printing: A New Frontier for Creative Thinkers

From investing to creating unparalleled designs, the opportunities with 3D printing continue to amaze me.

Companies such as 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) and and Stratasys, Ltd (SSYS) have handsomely returned over 160% and 620% gains respectively to stockholders in the past year. The market caps of these companies range from 3-4 billion and will continue to increase as the demand for their technology increases.

Other companies, such as Shapeways have provided a new source of revenue for designers, artisans and creative thinkers. Similar to individuals downloading a music track from iTunes and the musician receiving a royalty, artists can upload their designs to Shapeways and receive a commission every time an individual purchases or "prints" their product.  

As 3D printers start to find their way into Staples and other mainstream outlets, we can no longer ignore the presence of this new technology. Everyday people can now create, design and print their own creations or household items, such as coffee cups.

Although it is taking longer for the the paradigm to shift from a novelty to everyday practicality, 3D printing will continue to push society's thinking into new frontiers. From printed prosthetics to replacement parts for cars, this new technology will continue to transform our landscape and help our society move forward.

As I am facinated with this new technology, I wanted to create a 3D design of own. I wanted my first design to reflect a region that is close to my heart, Laguna Beach, CA. My first 3D design is the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower, an inconic landmark in the coastal town. The design is created out of Alumide, a strong metal that can absorb substantiation heat without changing design, and functions as a candle holder, which illumates the windows at night.

Here is a sneak peak of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard tower design:




To see more of the design, visit my Shapeways portfolio.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Woods Cove

Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner


Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner


Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner


Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner


Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner


Woods Cove @ Night, Laguna Beach, CA (C) Tiner