Not to confuse you, because this is, after all, a Marin things-to-do blog, but this post is about the Autodesk Gallery, a fun thing to do in San Francisco, at the foot of Market Street just steps from the ferry plaza. The reason it qualifies is because:
- Autodesk is one of Marin’s largest private employers and has its headquarters in San Rafael
- The easiest/best way to get to this gallery is via the Larkspur, Tiburon or Sausalito ferries, since they dock at the Ferry Building, just across the Embarcadero from One Market Street, where the gallery is located.
- It was rated the top free attraction in the Bay Area by the SF Chronicle.
So, on to the post. The Autodesk Gallery is an amazing exhibit of three dimensional models, some conceptual and some prototypical for actual product and building designs. What astonished me is that there are 3-dimensional “printers” actually producing these 3-dimensional models even as you watch. It’s mind-boggling, but it’s true.
The gallery is both kid and adult friendly, and you don’t need to be a techie to appreciate the cool designs and incredibly valuable design aids that these models are. The design process is shown from start to finish, with photos of the completed projects by Autodesk customers around the world, including Lego (toy design), Ford (car design), and the Bay Bridge.
Where: One Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (map)
Hours: Wednesdays from 12 – 5; Guided Tour at 12:30