The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering. Autodesk Gallery Ambassadors conduct gallery tours as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide employees with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups.
The Gold Insecta Lamp exhibit is one of the exhibits that you see on the 2nd floor of our One Market office in San Francisco.
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The Autodesk Pier 9 facility is one of our global technology centers. Customers and partners come together to push the boundaries of design and digital manufacturing to reimagine the way we make things. The Pier 9 Residency program attracts innovators from different disciplines and industries to our digital fabrication workshops to explore every stage of the process of making things. Together, we're advancing 3D design and digital manufacturing.
A contemporary artist who works with kinetic sculpture, U-ram Choe, was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1970 and lives and works there. His grandfather was a scientist who designed early automobiles, and his parents were sculptors. As a child, he began exploring art with clay. He graduated from Chungang University in Seoul, where he earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1999. Choe was a member of the Pier 9 Residency Program in 2013.
Choe designs and creates ornate kinetic sculptures that mimic shapes and motions found in nature. Originally designing and creating by hand, he was ecstatic to work with Autodesk Inventor and the fabrication tools at Pier 9. The experience allowed him to understand how his creation would be assembled and operate before starting on its construction. He views his works as living organisms, bestowing them with a system of scientific nomenclature, often accompanied by descriptions of each "species'" behavior, lifecycle, and place in the ecosystem.
During his residency, Choe designed and created the Gold Insecta Lamp. His kinetic sculptures often function as lamps, housing biomorphic forms that flutter and glow inside their metallic bodies. The brass changes appearance as the pieces age, like a true living organism.
Choe's Gold Insecta Lamp combines otherworldly beauty with the complexity of mechanical movement.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for this blog post.
I was lucky enough to have lunch with Choe during his residency. He is as interesting a person as his sculptures.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
Kinetic activity is alive in the lab.