beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Composition Composers

    Photographers deploy creative composition techniques to add a playful twist to various settings. Valencia native photographers Anna Devis and Daniel Rueda merge creative concepts and real-world settings seamlessly in their ongoing portrait collaborations. Taking shapes and color blocks from otherwise mundane backdrops, their photographs compose new narrative-driven shots that add a transformative touch of playful […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Spiraling Stone Plexus

    Sprawling land art embeds coiling patterns in beachy landscapes. Creativity and stone-cold precision are better together, and Wales-based artist Jon Foreman wouldn’t have it any other way. In a series of public land art, Foreman has meticulously re-arranged patches of natural topography into coils of decorative patterns. Land-bound whirlpools of smooth stones sprawl across beaches […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Blooming Distortions

    An editorial photographer plays with refraction through light, glass, and water. Suzanne Saroff is constantly searching for new ways to interpret reality through photography. With a keen eye for lighting and composition experiments, her latest series distorts vibrant floral arrangements using glass vessels filled with water. The graphic manipulation occurs on the other side of […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Folding Pillars of Stone

    An American photographer captures a natural stone arrangement in Utah. About 140 million years ago, a large body of water covered the region that would become the state of Utah, depositing sand and other sediments that would later harden into stone. As this area came to be exposed to the elements over the next 100 […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: What’s Your Angle?

    An abstract interior installation creates prismatic depth illusions. Open Square is a meticulously coordinated installation that engages visitors in a distorted environment of color, sound, and lighting. The invention of Chicago-based studio Luftwerk, the two-room, immersive design engages visitors in a dynamic, illuminating experience. Utilizing entirely physical properties for its illusions, Open Square is painted […]

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  6. Selecting Translucent Stones for Backlighting

    Utilizing backlit stone in your interior design is a nod to Mother Nature, now modernized with technology and illumination. Because translucent stone is a building material not seen or used every day, here we walk you through some tips on selecting translucent stones for your next backlit feature. Did you know that many natural stones […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Limestone Wonders

    Ukrainian photographer captures aerial shots of the Giza pyramid. Alexander Ladanivskyy, a Ukrainian photographer, has traveled the world in search of the perfect shot. With a portfolio of spectacular images including Icelandic waterfalls and ancient cities in Jordan and Nepal, this global photographer is well on his way to several. Last April, Ladanivskyy secured a […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Festering Stone

    Precious gemstones coat massive fruit sculptures in moldy designs. New York-based artist Kathleen Ryan has a talent for finding beauty in uncommon places. This is especially apparent in her latest sculpture work — a series of oversized fruit sculptures encrusted in mold and fungal decay. The unusual subject highlights the beauty in the grotesque. Using […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Metallic Scraps

    Large mosaics portraits challenge societal notions of human value. “There’s always potential within everything.” — That’s the motif underpinning much of Matt Small’s body of work. Based out of Camden, Small is a veteran of British street art. The series of portraits shown here, now featured in the Vanguard exhibit at M Shed in London, […]

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  10. Illuminated Art Footbridge | Bay St. Bridge

    Toronto, ON: This expansive 129’ long bridge in downtown Toronto, connecting the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station Bus Terminal in the CIBC SQUARE, features a striking illuminated art piece along the walls. Through fine engineering and meticulously tailored lighting and detailing, renowned artist Nicolas Baier’s vision comes to life with vivid illumination. A custom designed […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Community Cloth

    Series of scissor-cut designs features nuanced narratives around family and community. Vietnamese-American artist Antonius Bui is exploring the evolving intersection of identity and family in a series of scissor-cut pieces titled The Detour Is to Be Where We Are. Each piece features a subject from Bui’s biological and chosen family. Posed in affectionate postures, the […]

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  12. Mock It Up So You Don’t Muck It Up

    What is your favorite part of a project? Is it the concept phase where you’re spitting out wild ideas? Is it the more technical stage working through logistics and challenges? Maybe it’s the final steps of install where you see your vision in complete reality? For us at GPI design, the favorite part of a […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Bridge Stitch

    Massive fiber installation transforms a stone bridge into a garden of orchids. Somewhere in the 12th-century town of Paderne, Portugal, local plant life buds wild and overgrown around a worn medieval walkway and bridge. Dangling from the arches of the bridge — a massive, crouched sash of soft, fabric orchids. One of many in Vanessa Barragao’s […]

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