beneath the surface blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Woolmen

    An Iranian artist fashions thick soft fibers into masculine portraits. Salman Khoshroo is an Iranian-based digital artist, painter, and sculptor known for his abstract portraits. His most recent series explores portraiture through a new medium: wool fiber. Khoshroo describes the Wool on Foam portrait series as an expression of trauma and the feelings of vulnerability […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Zip It

    Montreal artist transforms zip ties into luminescent sculptural features. Montreal-based artist Elisabeth Picard has a knack for recognizing new applications for textile techniques. With looping and weaving, Picard has repurposed industrial zip-ties to create illuminated sculptures that merge plastic material and organic composition. Starting in 2011, Picard has been working with nylon links to create […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Shattered Puzzle Panes

    Acrylic puzzle sets turn a bad accident into a 215-piece fun activity Have you ever shattered a mirror or window? Between the initial shock and tedious cleanup, breaking glass is an awful experience. The designers at Yelldesign have decided to take this annoying shock and turn it into a fun activity. Comically titled “The Accident,” […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sunpu Church

    A Japanese architect creates an understated place of worship. Tokyo-based architect Taira Nishizawa created an understated church that focuses less on overly religious themes but creates a serene place for churchgoers to worship. Sun-pu Church is a windowless building that features an open roof that allows for indirect sky views as well as sunlight to […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Folding Light and Shadows

    San Francisco artist crafts intricate textured lighting fixtures from paper. San Francisco-based artist Zai Divecha crafts ornamental lighting installations by folding, pleating or rolling sheets of white paper. Starting with a single intricate form or pattern, the paper sculptor will repeat the original “unit” hundreds to thousands of times. Each finished piece casts interesting shadows […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Stairway House

    This architectural staircase feature explores functional imagination. In many homes, furniture and décor often serve more than one function — think of a bookshelf tucked under a staircase! The design team at Nendo took this concept to a whole new level with their recently constructed house in Tokyo. Stairway House features a stairwell that connects […]

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