beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Surreal Miniatures

    Look closely. Things aren’t always as they seem. No one understands this better than German-based artist Frank Kunert, who creates mind-bending images through his miniature sculptures and some great photography. At first glance, these scenes might seem pretty normal. But once you do a doubletake, things begin to take a turn towards the surreal. One […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Restoration by Gifs

    We know we’re living in the digital age, but this takes things to a whole new level… Think about most of the world’s ancient architecture… How do you picture them? If you’re like most of us, you think of them as they stand now, often crumbling and in decay, hanging on desperately to any preservation. […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Floating MAiZE

    Lovers of Mountain Dew will either be excited or horrified by Floating MAiZE. Artist Jean Shin is exhibiting her latest installation at the atrium in Brookfield Place in New York City. Floating MAiZE is made up using over 7,000 Mountain Dew bottles! While Shin’s previous installation, MAiZE, used Mountain Dew bottles as well, the big difference here […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Animal Fringe

    NEW TREND ALERT! Fringe is back in. Artist Troy Emery has reenvisioned fringe, but with a twist. Well, several twists, actually! The first twist is that this isn’t the kind of fringe YOU would wear around town. Instead, Emery creates colorful and amorphous swatches of fringe and tassels in the shape of various cat and […]

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  5. Custom Illuminated Video Wall Promotes Healing and Imagination

    University Hospital Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center Cleveland, OH: University Hospitals’ newly renovated inpatient oncology unit features a custom video wall that encourages interaction and healing. At the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer on the 7th floor of Horwitz Tower, patients who are undergoing treatment and stay for up to […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Making Mends

    Take a walk anywhere and you’re almost sure to find several random discarded objects on the ground along the way. While most of us wouldn’t give a second glance to the litter, artist Glen Taylor thinks differently. Using his skills as a cabinet maker and his long-time interest in Kintsugi – the Japanese art form […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Holding Hands in Bronze

    We’re awarding artist Anders Krisar first place for his bisected bronze figures. Based in Stockholm, Anders Krisar is a sculptor and photographer who presents work that focuses on the human body. In his biography on his website, he explains that his art is constructed through meticulously repeated processes. In the case of this series, of […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: A Box of Emotions

    If you’re happy and you know it, then your paper box will surely show it! Meet the Paris-based designer Benoit Leva! His specialty is animations, and this is no exception. In his latest work, he features a square paper carton. You wouldn’t normally expect a paper object to be able to express emotion, but Leva […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Electronic Rackets

    These tennis racket pieces of art? They’re game, set, match for artist Leonardo Ulian. Quarantine has had a different effect on each of us, and some have been using their spare time to act on their creative and artistic impulses. This is certainly true for Leonardo Ulian, a London-based artist, who designed a new series […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Color-Coded Foods

    Usually, art is in the eye of the beholder. But in this case, art is in the mouth of the beholder. Meet artist Adam Hillman. If there is anyone who takes the importance of balanced nutrition seriously, it’s him. But not in the way you might think. Rather than balancing his meals with a careful […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Solar Powered Plant Lamps

    These student-designed plant-based lamps are lit. Pun intended. Inspired by artist Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun project, six students from Tecnologico de Monterrey designed and created several lamps out materials that are easily found throughout Mexico’s rural area. The idea behind the students’ project is to make a more sustainable and affordable option for electricity to […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Pinewood Sculptures

    An artist from Brussels creates twisting abstract forms from blocks of dark wood. Xavier Puente Vilardell is an award-winning sculptor living in Brussels known internationally for creating abstract forms from conventional materials. The series highlighted here is a prime example of the artist’s craftsmanship and careful touch. Each twisting figure is made from solid blocks […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: The World’s Largest Anamorphic Illusion

    An enormous digital wave crashes above the streets of South Korea. Imagination and engineering intersect above the urban streets of South Korea in the form of a giant digital aquarium designed by District — a technology experience design firm. Within the “glass box,” a wave crashes over and over on itself in perfect simulated motion. […]

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