beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Scenes in the Sand

    If you have ever been to a sandy beach, you know that sand is ubiquitous, moldable, and gritty. Sand easily takes the shape of items setting on it; with a bit of water, sand can be sculpted into different objects, most commonly sandcastles. The material is also fun for creating various crafts, like a beachy […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Anti-Gravity Land Art

    If we throw a ball into the air, it must come down. It is unfathomable that the ball might simply float away or continue shooting upward instead. Thanks to the laws of motion and gravity, we know that what goes up must inevitably come down. But now we ask you to forget everything you learned […]

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  3. Meet the Makers: Literary Jewel Maker

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Jeremy May, the creative designer of literary jewel art. Jeremy […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Anthropomorphism

    As adults, its fun to reminisce on our childhoods and remember when our biggest responsibility was to play.  A lot of that play revolved around toys. But it was usually only a matter of time before tragedy struck and a toy was broken. (You would have thought the world was ending when Stretch Armstrong overextended himself, or when Barbie’s […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Yarn Bombing

    The fall season is just a few short weeks away, and you’re probably shopping around for the perfect knit hat and matching scarf to sport. It is common to see knit goods like hats, scarves, gloves, and socks lining the shelves in our favorite department stores, but what if you saw your city’s iconic statue covered […]

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  6. Meet the Makers: Illustration Street Artist

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with David Zinn, the creative designer of Zin Art street illustrations. […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Domino King

    Do you remember playing with dominoes growing up? Maybe you tried to learn how to play the actual game using mathematics. Or – if you’re like most of us here in the office – maybe you took a more simplistic approach and just stood them upright in curvy lines to ultimately topple over. Some of us with more time and […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Vanguard Sculptures

    Why do you create art? Is it fun – Do you like using your imagination – Do you try to invoke an emotional reaction in your viewers? Henk Hofstra, an artist in the Netherlands, creates large-scale environmental sculptures and paintings throughout various towns. His objectives are simple: View the art for what it is, make a […]

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  9. Meet the Makers: Stone Balance Artist

    In this Meet the Makers blog series, we will feature an artist that, quite simply, makes something. Drawing inspiration from custom works handcrafted in various media, we travel beyond the pieces by diving into the minds of the creative makers themselves. Today, we feature our interview with Michael Grab of Boulder, Colorado, the creative stone balance artist […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Tattoos and Street Art

    Skin: Soft, supple, and sensitive. The complete antithesis of the surfaces of concrete walls and buildings. Yet artist Luca Altini, better known as “Luca Font”, has mastered working with both surfaces to create visually stunning works of contemporary abstract art. When Font was just 15 years old, he picked up his first bottle of spray paint […]

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