Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hawaii…State of Mind, Grace and Taste @ Steve Walsh's Lilikoi Farms

Visuals: Jeff Allen and Steve Walsh on his Ultralight over Dophins, Crystal Cheesecake, Eileen Borgeson and Steve Walsh, Lilikoi Farms living room and view.

Back in Paradise, after a very long stint on the mainland, Eileen Borgeson and Jeff Allen love exploring and experiencing new locations in Hawaii.   After landing in Paradise Park, they’re now staying in Orchidland on the Big Island at their friend, Steve Walsh’s, “Lilikoi (passion fruit) Farms” vacation rental.

Eileen and Jeff arrived at Steve’s place 5 minutes before Obama’s acceptance speech, an event they didn’t want to miss. They all felt a renewed hope for the future with Obama’s moving words. [Steve was a guest four years ago at Obama’s Inauguration in Washington, DC.]  

Next day, Steve was off to his other vacation rental next to one of all their favorite beaches, Richardson Bay, just outside of Hilo town.  

Jeff and Eileen have known Steve since their early days in Hawaii.  He attended many of their ‘infamous’ Orphan’s Thanksgiving dinners, which they celebrate frequently ‘on the spur of the moment.’   Steve even surprised and excited guests at one with his ‘Burning Man’ fire dance.

The ‘Orphan’s Thanksgiving’ name started in Hollywood, on a real Thanksgiving Day, when Jeff named it that since so many friends in Hollywood lacked access to their families to have the traditional dinner with (like Mick Mashbir, past lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, whose family lives in Phoenix.) 

One of Jeff and Eileen’s most memorable Hawaii experiences (for Jeff’s birthday) was flying in an Ultra-light over a pod of Dolphins with Steve as their fearless pilot.  By viewing them from above, they could see how the Dolphins really are such a playful species, jumping and spinning below from their amazing ‘birds eye’ view. Their new name for Steve is now simply, “Grizzly”.

A few days into the stay we had a visit with Steve’s Hawaiian girlfriend, Francelia Napeahi, healer Kathy Moffit and, on her first visit to the island, Maureen Roundtree, radiating dimples as big as her smile.  Both Francillia and Kathy are blessed to also live in houses near Richardson Bay close to Steve’s.

Steve’s place is uniquely solar and basically off the grid (other than his electrical backup capabilities), though he produces way more energy than he uses.   The comfort level is such that basically one doesn’t feel ‘off the grid’ at all, other than the bottled drinking water brought in.  It’s a very comfortable, high ceilinged, solidly redwood built, two bedroom house with a distant ocean view and just 15 miles from Hilo and 8 miles from Pahoa.

The locations on this (Eastern) side of the island appeal to Jeff and Eileen as they are only 20 minutes from their favorite swimming places:  the Warm Ponds, Pohoiki, Vacationland and the Champagne Ponds.

Also, equally as close, is Uncle Roberts, another ‘old Hawaii favorite’ and ‘Kava’ retreat.  It was spared by Pele and is now surrounded on two sides by the 1983 lava flow.   A short walk to the ocean reveals a new black sand beach being formed there.

As usual, Eileen and Jeff are on a ‘working vacation’, this time with a focus on several mainland and international projects.

Eileen has just recently reconnected with Peter Yenewine, Crystal Designer extraordinaire, and they are discussing a ‘creative collaboration’ to offer together 21st Century Museum Quality Recognition Art and Corporate Gifts. They just finished a Collaborative piece in the form of a Crystal Cheesecake.  Mellissa Cam, of Oakbrook Engraving, produced the piece for her client, the Cheesecake Factory, for a special associate in Dubai.  

In the early eighties, Eileen worked with Peter, then designing at Steuben, to create a showcase crystal sculpture for the lobby of the Westlake Building in San Francisco to accent the ten neon illuminated carved glass wall panels produced by Eileen’s former company, Crystal Haze Designs.  Eileen is finding the time here to develop and fine-tune some conceptual designs to ‘brainstorm’ with Peter.

Eileen and Jeff are continuing their energies working with the 3D Film Festival Awards organization in designing an awards program for them.  Their original holographic ‘digital star’ crystal awards for the ‘3DFF Digital Stars of Hollywood’ Inductees honored Roger and Julie Corman and Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

For several years Jeff’s been in communication with Auerbachs and Associates in reference to possible holographic, interactive and 3D w/o glasses integration and applications for future entertainment experiences.  A few days ago, an associate of Auerbachs’, who lives in London, visited Jeff’s partner on this project at his studio in London for a firsthand look at many proprietary imaging and interactive technologies.  

One of Auerbachs’ more interesting clients is Cirque du Soleil.   Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, has also earned the Space Tourist Society’s Dennis Tito Award, created by Eileen Borgeson and Jeff Allen, for his historic flight and stay at the International Space Station. 

Hawaii is such a wonderful place to prioritize your activities and focus on the ones you’re most passionate about…especially, while indulging in Steve’s ‘home grown and hand pressed’ passion fruit drink, (prepared lovingly by Steve, the ‘passion king’ himself, right on his ‘Lilikoi Farm’ ) sipping while sitting on the lanai, exhaling and staring over the 3 acres of lush foliage and at the ocean beyond. Blissful!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to the Future 2007 - Space-Themed Holodecks to Art-Themed Spaceports

An article five years ago which doesn't sound so science fiction now. July 19, 2007
"Space-Themed Holodecks to Art-Themed Spaceports"

Conceptual Designer Eyoub Khan, Holographer Jeff Allen and Artist Eileen Borgeson Are Synergistically Integrating Groundbreaking Art With Holography for Holodecks, Spaceports, and Futuristic Architectural Structures, Experiences and Environments

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - At a breakneck speed, we're thrust into the future as we witness a renaissance of technological and artistic visions. 

This is an age where Al Gore makes 'holographic appearances' and space tourists are booking flights around the moon. 

Now, Eyoub Kahn, Jeff Allen and Eileen Borgeson have merged their formidable talents offering a powerful source of conceptual, holographic and artistic vision. Visitors to their spaceports and art-themed complexes will be offered a post-terrestrial lifestyle experience in an ultra modern environment where art, technology and culture combine. Their spaceport will be more than a launch pad for spacecraft but a transportation hub including hotels, commercial operations and holodecks for entertainment and training. 

Eyoub Kahn has been bringing architectural dreams into reality through his dynamic conceptual, industrial and design capabilities. On Earth, his futuristic designs inspire innovative hotels, transportation centers, theme parks... and now spaceports. 

Kahn's 'off Earth' projects have added function, style and comfort for earth citizens on the International Space Station, SpaceHab and SpaceLab. He has collaborated with Lockheed Martin, Boeing and NASA in design concepts for a reusable space transportation system, the VentureStar. 

Kahn connected with holographer, Jeff Allen in 1993 after reading one of Allen's Funworld articles about Holographic Theme Parks. They discussed the creation of holographic restaurants and their concepts continue to evolve. 

Jeff Allen is a holography visionary who has pioneered many of holography's breakthroughs. 

Allen's unique holography shows have entertained and educated millions across the United States and Canada for clients, including: AT&T, IBM, General Electric, Caesars Palace, Warner Bros. and Deutsche Telecom. 

Allen's 'HoloZone', a total holographic immersive and interactive Holodeck-like theme park experience, is designed to involve 160 people an hour applicable also for resorts, hotels and restaurants. 

One planned 'HoloZone' adventure will be themed after the 'Overview Effect,' the life changing and transformative epiphany experienced by astronauts and space travelers alike as they view Earth from space. 

A consummate artist, Eileen Borgeson has created magnificent and iconic works for the international fine art, architectural and recognition markets. 

Eileen realized the potential of Art-Themed Architecture -- merging art themes into room designs, furnishings, fabrics, plates, crystal and wall art -- while meeting with developers to consult on the proposed billion dollar Las Vegas Erté Hotel designed by Eyoub Kahn. Eileen's Architectural Fine Art visions are being manifested by her 'real time' access to innovative technologies, materials and collaborations through her ever-expanding network of international fabricators. 

Her work is found in hotels, casinos, museums, airports and luxury residences and now extends to terrazzo floors, laser cut metal and sculptured walls, painted ceiling tiles and outdoor sculpture installations. 

About Eyoub Khan Khan has been involved for three decades in four categories of projects: Theme Parks and Destination Resorts, Transportation Systems, Aerospace and New Product development. Khan has numerous published papers on the future of transportation systems, the human factors in space flight and the positive role of entertainment as an educational medium. 

His clients include The Walt Disney Co, Universal Studios, AT&T, Ford, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Resort, United Arab Emirates and the Government of Hong Kong.
About Jeff Allen Allen's 35 year involvement with holography includes the first embossed laser and white-light viewable holograms. VISA and MasterCard plus the revolutionary holographic National Geographic covers used this mass-replication technique. Embossed holography has since grown into a billion dollar industry utilized for security applications, packaging accents, optics and impactive visual communications.
About Eileen Borgeson Eileen's sculptural pieces and architectural installations are found in individual and corporate art collections worldwide. Her original art has honored many individuals, including: B.B. King, Elton John, Bob Hope, the Dalai Lama, Hugh Hefner, Ronald Reagan, Al Hirschfeld and Aerosmith. She's collaborated with many other artists or their estates, including: Chuck Jones, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Maxfield Parrish, and for seven years with Erté, AKA, the 'Father of Art Deco.' 

Space Community Recognition Art by Borgeson and Allen For the 25th annual International Space Development Conference in 2006, the Space Tourism Society and National Space Society, Borgeson and Allen created and sponsored art pieces to recognize the pioneers, visionaries and leaders in space travel, tourism and exploration. The Dennis Tito awards, featuring the 'Orbital Muse,' and the Holographic Orbit Award Crystals were given to: Paul Allen, Richard Branson, Burt Rutan, Buzz Aldrin, Dennis Tito, Anousheh Ansari, Robert Bigelow, Peter Diamandis and the Ansari Family, plus Organizations: X Prize, Virgin Galactic, Zero Gravity, JUSTSAP, and Space Composites.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recollections - Eileen Borgeson's Lucille Crystal Guitar for B.B. King's 75th Birthday

Images: Top, B. B. King's Lucille guitar water jet cut into German Optical Crystal designed by Eileen Borgeson. Next, Composite of Images of B. B. King (with his manager) receiving this art piece for his 75th Birthday in 2000 by MCA's President and MCA's Marketing Director. Also Eileen Borgeson (the artist) holding the crystal guitar. In 2000 Eileen Borgeson was approached by Vartan Kurjian of MCA Records to produce a very special art piece for B. B. King's 75th Birthday. Eileen and Vartan had worked together on special art pieces for Elton John and Jimi Hendrix, Since Lucille is so meaningful to B. B. King, having it manifested in crystal seemed to be the fit and brought tears to his eyes during presentation.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Eileen Borgeson's Artistic Collaboration with Donald Lommis's 'Tao Te Ching' Translation

In the early seventies I developed a friendship with an individual named Donald Lommis (who has passed away since.) I was involved with holographic optics and mass production of holograms and Donald was involved with a patented new 'prime mover' that used a unique energy source. I started helping him in regards to marketing, but his technology, like the holographic optics, was ahead of its time.

Once, as a gift and for safe keeping, he presented me with two folders...two different translations he had done of the Tao Te Ching. The different 'versions' of his Tao Te Ching, were: "The Nature of The Way" and "The Glory of His Way" (kind of an 'Eastern' and 'Western' version.)

The two visuals shown above are from "The Nature of the Way". Eileen Borgeson created the artistic and thoughtful collage which float the Tao's timeless and timely message. "The Nature of the Way" includes visuals of Eileen's "Brandon Tartikoff Award" and other sculptures, photos and glass carvings. Carol Williams created the Buddha.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Members Honored with Sculptures and E-Holograms for Enabling Commercial and Private Space Travel

[3D Video walking up to Fresco II before the CSF dinner awards event. Owners Lenny and Lea Graffeo hosted the and ambiance was simply the best]

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Members Honored with Sculptures and E-Holograms for Enabling Commercial and Private Space Travel.

Eric Anderson, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (“Federation”), and artist Eileen Borgeson honored John Gedmark with the prestigious
CSF "Space Pioneer Award" (sculpted by Eileen) at Fresco II in Palmdale, California at their semi-annual meeting January 17, 2012 for his pivotal role as Founding Director of the “Federation”.

John Gedmark recently left his position as Founding Director of the ‘Federation’ to pursue other opportunities and has been succeeded by Dr. Alex Saltman (who coordinated the event.) Gedmark served as Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation along with Bretton Alexander, first President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, together building and leading it since the organization was incorporated in 2006 overseeing the growth of the Federation from the original 10 companies to over 50 members today. Gedmark remains as an advisor to the “Federation”.

Eileen, while creating the Space Pioneer Award given to Gedmark, used her “Muse of Excellence” sculpture as the featured sculpture and designed a custom marble base for this Federation’s special presentation piece. Eileen's “Muse of Excellence” sculpture has been used twice before with different bases for significant industry awards.

JUSTSAP (Japan – U.S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Programs) presented the “Space Exploration Pioneer Award” to Takaji Kuroda (also an accomplished artist in Japan) for “his sixty year involvement with Japan’s space program as well as being the co-founder of JUSTSAP.” Holography legend, Lloyd Cross, also received Borgeson’s Muse as the “Holography Pioneer Award” for his major contributions since the early Sixties in Lasers and Holography (Multiplex Holography inventor).

Also recognized at the dinner were the individual members of the COMMERCIAL SPACEFLIGHT FEDERATION, as they enter the 2nd decade of Private Spaceflight, for their synergistic efforts in achieving the first decade milestones…starting with Dennis Tito’s historic trip to the International Space Station. Borgeson collaborated with holography pioneer, Jeff Allen, in creating the Holographic “Space Visionary Wings” E-Hologram. This embossed hologram was made into a signed and numbered CSF limited edition honoring the accomplishments and spirit of the members of the Federation.

For this E-Hologram art piece, Borgeson enlisted the help of some of the most talented and experienced industry engravers and printers. Freeman Thomas (Graven Images) spent hours hand carving the “Space Visionary Wings” into solid brass to be able to create a physical bas-relief image with a holographic optical surface above. Jason Henry (Henry and Co. since 1976) added his experience and expertise in the meticulous printing and holographic embossing of the art edition.

Borgeson also presented a ‘sneak preview’ of a ‘one-of-a-kind’ artist proof of the “Space Visionary Wings” during the dinner ceremony. The “Space Visionary Wings” prototype pin was made by silver jewelry master, Stanley Guess. Borgeson has been working with the Federation for several years in preparation of honoring the new private astronauts with their own ‘Private Astronaut’ Wings.

A historic ‘Space Awards’ installation of the STS “Dennis Tito Award”, holographic crystal “Orbit Award” and the ISDC06 Poster was on display with Eileen’s “Wings” sculpture and Kent Lauer’s dichroic and “Time Tunnel” and “Spectral Mosaic” optical crystals in an installation corner of Eileen's "Space Awards". Eileen is always exploring new designs and mediums to honor future recipients with art awards representing the caliber of their accomplishments. These awards were presented to seventeen individuals and companies at the ISDC06 awards show the same year the Federation was founded.

Eileen also produces Fine Art internationally for top industry awards for Non-Profits, Corporate & Entertainment Industries, Television/Gaming/Film Industries, Leaders and Individuals, with a passion to see these individuals and companies acknowledged.

She has supported the Space Industry for the past 7 years (creating and sometimes presenting: The ‘STS’ Dennis Tito Awards, Holographic Crystal Orbit Awards, the X Prize Vision Circle Pins, Orbital Muse, Space Ambassador Award, Space Exploration Pioneer Award, Muse of Flight (for FAA) and now the Space Pioneer Award. She is currently creating Jewelry and Sculptures (celebrating Space Exploration, Travel and Lifestyle) that will still be in fashion into the 22nd Century and continues to expand her artistic role in the Evolution of Holographic Artistry. Eileen’s adventure into art has also included collaborations with notable artists and their Estates and companies, i.e. Erte, Yoko Ono and The John Lennon Estate, Al Hirschfeld, Warner Bros. and Disney.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year - New Beginnings

2012 is just waiting to blossom for us.

Eileen Borgeson, Meryle Holmes and I brought in the new year at two parties. First was hosted by our friends, Pete Sarenana and Kathy McNamara at their annual party. Pete and his group The Carry On Band with musicians friends entertained a large crowd of family and friends in their tented backyard. Kathy, as usual, danced the night away.

We later joined Robert O'Hara and Tina Longobart and went to Jeff Gund's annual New Year's Eve party "Hollywood style" with many actors, actresses, models and musicians and a view to 'live' for.

Here are two short videos in 3D from the events: