beneath the surface blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Light Beams

    A virtual art installation transforms the halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As part of the 2021 London Design Festival, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and tech developer Tin Drum have joined their unique perspectives into a new craft — a captivating architectural spectacle only visible with a VR headset. The interactive installation […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Hot Pursuit

    This landscape photographer chases shots of extreme climates. From towering glaciers to cavernous canyons, Hamburg-based Jan Eric Waider is known to pursue breathtaking and intense landscape photography across the globe. In a new series titled LAVA, Waider is turning up the heat, capturing the textures and shapes of melted stone flowing from a volcano. For […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: That’s a Wrap

    A massive, iconic Parisian landmark gets draped in a silvery-blue paper. Global travel may still be limited this year, but that hasn’t stopped Vladimir Yavatchev from creating an over-the-top public art installation for the world to see. Through a partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, workers began wrapping the Arc de Triomphe – a […]

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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