Category: Salute to Originals

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Stairway to Brick and Mortar

    A dramatic outdoor art installation climbs the wall of an old brick building. Just around the corner, a massive, unfurling steel ribbon peaks just above the roof of a brick building in Brighton. Take a closer look, and you would find a “staircase to nowhere” with rungs for climbing off earth-bound stone architecture straight into […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wire and Light in Bloom

    An ornamental flower frameworks capture lustrous light in their petals and leaves. In a series of ornate, delicate hairpieces, Tokyo designer Sakae crafts intricate flowering forms and butterflies from wire and resin. The series is Sakae’s interpretation of traditional Japanese kanzashi — hair ornaments made from layers of folded cloth. Incredibly lifelike in shape and […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Light Crossing

    Angular illuminated beams fill an abandoned building with light and intrigue. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Australian native Ian Strange transforms a battered-down, Victorian home into a real-world study of sketchbook concepts. Ornate domestic architecture is given new life through Strange’s public art installation titled “Light Intersections II.” Fluorescent beams pierce through a graffiti-covered […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Red Light

    Infrared light augments the stone architecture and terrains of Versailles, Provence, and the Beaches of Normandy. In an ongoing collection of photographs, global photographer Paulo Pettigiani captures iconic landscapes in candy-pink and warm, saturated hues. Using a full-spectrum camera, Pettigiani is able to capture and interpret light that is usually invisible to the naked eye. […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ruined Architecture

    A Denmark-based artist creates paper sculptures of ancient architectural wonders. Even in states of disrepair, worldly castles and cathedrals invoke a sense of permanence and safety. Denmark-based artist Peter Callesen juxtaposes this theme of stability with fragility in a paper-sculpting study of architectural forms in ruin. The study is made from detailed replicas of ancient […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Momentary Formations

    A Wales-based artist creates ephemeral stone formations. Wales-based artist Jon Foreman is known for creating mesmerizing land pieces in sandy environments. In his new series of arrangements, Foreman continues to expand on his temporary-by-design installments. Using design elements like shape and color, Foreman crafts dynamic patterns like diagonal stripes and circle patterns from carefully sorted […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Golden Moments

    Gilded portraits of young children evoke themes of togetherness. Togetherness and unity are intangible and often bound to a moment, yet their inherent value can be felt more meaningfully than a precious gem. Photographic artist Tawny Chatmon aims to capture and highlight this intangible value in a visual way in a series of gilded portraits. […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Artificial Creatures

    AI-generated figures evoke marine life and organic structure. Russian director Maxim Zhestkov brings robotic precision to life in a series of animated, AI-generated digital sculptures. Part of a digitally-rendered film called “Artificial Organisms,” waves of motion pulse through floating, amorphous blue globs of matter. “A combination of biological symmetry and impeccable digital matter, they are […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Moonlit Mountain

    An illuminated half-circle structure decorates the natural landscape of Mount Tai with a soft glow. Nestled in the wooded topography of China’s Mount Tai, an orb of light casts a net of light, reflecting upward across a sleek pool of water. Beneath the lit dome of the orb, a concrete chapel lays open for locals. […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Capped

    A three-year photography project captures calving glaciers. Set the scene: a man with a camera travels along a 4,000 km frigid coastline alone in a rubber raft. Chunks of ice fall from an iceberg, plunging the photographer into icy waters. He survives. Left with broken ribs and a concussion, the photographer insists he must capture […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Mortal Stone

    An anatomical rock sculpture study explores themes of mortality and loss. Grief and loss are deep, weighted emotions. That’s why artist and designer Debra Baxter has chosen heavy stone and rocks as the perfect medium to explore these all-too-human themes in the series Love Tears. From a blend of alabaster, quartz, wood, and other stones, […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Light My Way Home

    Artificial light augments gorgeous acrylic paintings of idyllic natural settings. In a series of neon light paintings, New-York based painter GiGi Chen creates surreal portraits of bird subjects against the backdrop of striking sky-scapes, forest, and urban settings. The vibrant neon contrasts with the natural subjects, augmenting leaves, feathers, and jewelry, illuminating portraits with bright […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Third Rock From the Sun

    An animated virtual adventure illustrates rocky extra-terrestrial terrain. Director, cinematographer, and visual artist Clemens Wirth is celebrating the other-worldly terrains on the surface of Earth in a series of animated short movies titled Miniature Landscape.  Wirth’s short films follow a hovering camera as it slithers through intricately designed landscape models Wirth built in his workshop. […]

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