Monthly Archives: October 2019

3DScan Spotlight – Statues/Art

Fun fact: The first object we scanned in early 2013 was a statue, so today were going to look back at our favorite statue/art scans from the last 7 years!

Some of best examples we have from those early days were of Thai origin; there is something about the aged materials and the details employed on so many piece that make for a great scan. One of the ones we brought back from Thailand was this great metallic Buddha head:

Since then we have worked closely with Spirithouse to scan several more Thai objects and carvings, as well as other pacific nation artifacts:

When artist Ivan Eyre’s Birdwrap statue made its residency in Vancouver, I made a point to scan this amazing work and the results were excellent! The embedded model bellow is greatly reduced in size to 14k polygons:

The first native art we scanned was Susan Point’s Welcome Gateway permanently installed in Stanley Park:

One of the most challenging exterior scans would have to be Abraham Anghik’s Spirits in the landscape, commissioned by BC Gas and permanently installed at 1111 West Georgia in Vancouver.

Spirits in the landscape

3DScan Spotlight – Totem

While many of our scans are captured in the controlled comfort of a well-lit studios, there are times where you need to capture something onsite. Such is the totem at the front entrance of Lu’ma Native Housing Society on Nanaimo in Vancouver BC. Incorporated in 1980, the Society was initially incorporated to provide affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate income, currently operating just under 500 units of affordable housing

Expertly crafted by Nisga’a artist Mike Dangeli, the totems were officially unveiled on October 25th 2013 and have weathered the elements rather well since then, as they often do. After getting permission, I found an ideal cloudy day and in the middle of the day, with traffic zooming by at one of east Vancouver’s busiest intersections, I captured the left totem in about 15min (Both totems are nearly identical)

The 114 source images needed some processing even before getting into the compiler, at which point the background of each image had to be masked out to avoid unnecessary data points. The first compile level generated nearly 71 million points in the dense point cloud, which in turn created a 2,887,088 polygon mesh.

The 114 source images needed some processing even before getting into the compiler, at which point the background in each image had to be masked out to avoid unnecessary data points.

The resulting textured model was simply beautiful, capturing the most subtle carving details and wood grains. Special thanks to the administrative staff of LNHS!

Homes gone past – Turtlehead Road

When you work in real estate, you may see so many properties that you eventually get a bit numb to it all; the features, the views, the locations. But once in a while, you find something special so kicking off a new 604 Scans feature “Homes Gone Past”, we will look at 135 Turtlehead Road in Port Moody/Belcarra.

“The Twin Princes”

Stunning location and setting, within distance of Vancouver

That was the nickname the locals gave the twin 70s waterfront homes on Turtlehead Road, which were built at the same time, mere feet from each other, something that would spell trouble nearly 50 years later…

My path would cross the Twin Princes in the summer of 2015 when I was tasked with capturing the southern prince for an estate sale. The location wasn’t great for those without a car, in fact it featured one of the lowest “walk score” Ive ever seen at a whopping 3/100 but then again, that was part of the charm of this exclusive area. While only 40min from downtown Vancouver, the Belcarra Peninsula home was nested on a quiet and isolated North Shore of Port Moody. Perched above the entrance to Indian Arm, the many outdoor areas featured jaw dropping views of Deep Cove and the mountains, as well as a gorgeous pool carved into the cliff side and water access.

The interior was a mish-mash of updated touches while harking back to its 70’s roots, including a ridiculously spacious layout that only yielded 2bed/3bath! On my first walk-through I remembered thinking “I Could live here” and it took a lot to impress me, and really, everyone has their preferences.

It went on to be sold in March of 2016 and I always wondered who the lucky person was… Did they appreciate it? Love it? Was it rented out? Left vacant as an investment? Soon enough the princes faded from my memory, to be replaced by scores of other properties, as the downturn of late 2016 prompted many to sell.

But when in April 9th 2017, I heard about flames consuming a hilllside in the area, my heart sank… A small electrical fire had ignited in the basement suite of the Northern Prince. The geography made putting it out virtually impossible without a firefighting vessel, which was being used on the other side of lower mainland. Soon the blaze spread to the Southern Prince and both buildings were lost…

CTV News Report on the fire:

Strange to form an attachment to a property I didn’t even own or even lived in but during my afternoon there, it felt like home.

As of 2018, the site is bulldozed flat, the mystery is what will become of it? The houses, along with the memories, are fading and gone, while the land is reclaimed by nature…