beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Zeitz Museum

    Isn’t ironic how some of the best artwork is the architecture that houses art? Yes, we’re talking about museums! But not just any museum; The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, to be exact, which has taken on a pretty “tubular” new shape. Heatherwick Studio transformed Capetown’s tallest building into the Zeitz MOCAA, which holds […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Surreal Books and Lamps

    ‘The Great Outdoors’ sounds perfect when we consider all the hiking, campfires, and solitude that comes along with it. But when night falls, well… that’s a bit scarier and unpredictable. Especially if you were wandering around in the remote areas of Norway’s forest in the dark. Luckily, Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen has a solution for […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Urban Geodes

    We love when art is “hidden” in the most obvious of places! Like big-time Los Angeles, for example. Today we’re introducing you to an artist who creates something new and bold out of the old and decrepit; by placing colorful art designs in cracks and crevices of crumbling buildings, artist Paige Smith is really brightening […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Turtle Ecosystems

    Let’s talk about turtles. They’re reptiles because they can live both in water and on land. They have hard shells for protection. They’re slow, cute, and fun to watch. And they are part of a much larger ecosystem – until now at least. Oregon-based artist Lisa Ericson has re-imagined turtles to have their very own […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Piñata Sculptures

    Piñatas: fun, candy-filled papier-mâché creations just waiting to be smashed with a bat at a child’s birthday party. That’s what you think of when you hear ‘piñata’ too, right? Well, artist Robert Benavidez’s has something totally different in mind when it comes to piñatas. And trust us, you won’t want to smash these! Known for his […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ego Erectus

    Art often has the ability to transform what is old, dying, or dead. Art can give new life and perspectives to people, objects, or in this case, architecture. A deteriorating abandoned German Bank in Berlin has been repurposed as a gallery, now known as The Haus, featuring 165 artists with their work on display. We […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Miniature Mural City

    What do you do when your boss isn’t looking? Answer some texts? Check your Facebook account? Maybe even sneak in a quick nap? This new series introduced in Brussels, Belgium, where tiny sanitation workers are illustrated all over the town in precarious situations, will make you wonder what really goes on behind the scenes. Belgian […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Ancient Smiley Face

    Art can be traced back to the earliest of paintings and drawings found hidden in caves and hieroglyphics, dating back centuries. Each year, new artifacts are being unearthed that continuously shape (and reshape) our every day perceptions of the Old World – and our present. Recently, a simple and humorous discovery was made on a […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Happy Accidents

    You know the phrase, “There’s no use crying over spilled milk”? While some artists may disagree, we also believe there’s no use crying over spilled paint. In fact, these sculptures will leave you smiling! Literally. Japanese-American Artist Joe Suzuki creates his latest series using bright, bold colors and wonderful images that will leave your soul […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: CTRL+X

    Unless you’re a renowned graffiti artist like Banksy, or you’re completely immersed in the graffiti art subculture, you may find graffiti to be ubiquitous, repetitive, troublesome, or distasteful. But what if, in all of the negative connotations of graffiti, we could find some comedic relief and simply laugh it off? It’s possible. We’ve found a group […]

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