beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Enchanted Landscapes

    A Midwestern printmaker hand-carves a series of original dreamy landscapes. Valerie Lueth co-founded Tugboat Printshop in Pittsburgh in 2006 as a traditional printmaker with a focus on hand-carved designs. Now the sole owner of the midwestern artist press, Lueth’s work at Tugboat has been featured in publications internationally. Born from a commission for an edition […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Textile Stitches

    A textile artist creates ornamental sculptures of household artifacts using a range of techniques. Artist and textile designer Sue Trevor is piecing together a series of meticulously stitched ornamental sculptures — the current iteration of her lifelong passion for crafting and painting. From a film camera to an analog clock, the subject of each piece […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Things Gone Squirrely

    A towering squirrel sculpture peers down on a modern Chinese city. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has constructed a range of public animal-themed art installations, ranging from giant reclining bunnies to knitted octopus you can walkthrough. His latest creature creation is a 15-meter-tall squirrel titled “Shiny Squirrel” — an enormous but docile figurine that looks down […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Last Draw

    A hand-drawn deck of playing cards captures themes of hope and affirmation. British sketch artist Shantell Martin is drawing aces in a custom card deck called “LINE.” Featuring the artist’s signature minimal style, each card is imbued with an uplifting message and quirky illustration of classic playing cards. Commissioned as part of a collaboration between […]

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  5. Washington DC’s Picturesque Franklin Square Lobby Renovation

    Washington, DC: 1300 Eye Street NW, also known as Franklin Square’s 500,000 square foot office building, has completed a major renovation.  The original building, built in the late 1980’s, was given a postmodern design, by Philip Johnson.  Championing the vision for the remodel was renowned architects, Hickok Cole, who enlisted GPI to execute a grand […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Homebound

    Italian architects design sustainable dwellings for climate migration refugees. How long will it take to solve the pending housing crisis from climate migration? 200 hours per family. That’s how long it takes Bologna-based studio Mario Cucinella Architects and their partners at a 3D printing studio called WASP to construct earth-structure domes with a low-carbon footprint […]

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  7. Improve Productivity + Wellbeing with a Backlit Wall

    Time and time again, research studies affirm that lighting is closely linked to mental and physical wellbeing — and the workplace setting is no exception. With light sensitivity playing such a strong role in employee productivity and wellbeing, it can be an excellent idea to begin integrating backlit walls into the office area. In fact, […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Crossing Waters

    Layered glass sculptures illustrate tiny human figures traversing massive bodies of water. New Zealand-based artist Ben Young is well known for creating massive sculptures and dioramas of marine landscapes. In this series, the artist explores aquatic topography in a striking application of glass, concrete, bronze, and steel. Each scene illustrates an expansive, calm body of […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Split Images

    Sketch artist illustrates the intersection of consciousness and physicality through graphite portraiture. Human beings experience emotions physically, and explaining how the body carries them is an art. Sweden-based artist Miles Johnston explores this art visually through his latest series of graphite portraits. “We don’t directly experience the actual biochemical facts of what is happening in […]

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  10. Backlit Acrylic Columns

    New York, NY:  LaGuardia Airport is under redevelopment while keeping the airport fully functioning. Located in the B terminal, GPI Design developed and installed a custom illuminated archway directing travelers to their gates. GPI Design along with Architect HOK and Contractor VHR Construction, was able to create a sleek yet functional design to add to […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Delicate by Design

    Antique porcelain pieces take on a new life in a series of jewelry creations. Amsterdam-based jewelry artist Gésine Hackenberg likes to ruin perfectly good dinnerware. At least, that may be how her grandmother would see it. Sourced from antique plates and bowls, Hackenberg has constructed delicate jewelry pieces made of porcelain disks that explore themes […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Make It Rain

    Dynamic, luminescent sculptures shift with light in response to the surrounding world. Japanese artist Rui Sasaki merges glass sculpture, a phosphorescent material, broad-spectrum UV lights, and motion detectors to create an immersive, interactive series of sculptures. As viewers approach the installations, the sculptures emit a subtle blue glow that dances through the forms, mimicking the […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sustainable Woodwork

    Elegant wood carvings explore abstract shapes and shadows. In a series of wooded carvings, artist Ariele Alasko plays with themes of elegance, negative space, and contrast. From each block of wood, the artist creates smooth, abstract shapes full of curves and bent lines. From here, Alasko takes each smooth shape and assembles them into larger […]

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