beneath the surface blog

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Tea Cup Creatures

    Ever wanted to sip afternoon tea with a Panda? This Japanese company turns your teacup into a zoo! For nearly four years, Japanese tea company Ocean Tea Bag has been designing intricate, animal-shaped tea bags that range from pandas to squids to kittens. Starting this Summer, the carefully crafted critters can now be shipped globally. […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Another World in Otherworld

    “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” — Rousseau Founded by Ohio artist Jordan Renda, Otherworld is a new, massive interactive art installation built in the middle of abandoned storefronts in Columbus, Ohio. Renda’s previous work includes haunted houses and escape rooms, but Otherworld is an entirely new type […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Punch Buggies

    What if Herbie were an actual bug? French artist Eduardo Martinet creates insect sculptures from discarded car parts. From ants to wasps to beetles, Martinet crafts lifelike forms in motion by screwing together sheet metal, bits of timing chains, and whole engine parts. While Martinet’s lifelong fascination with insects is the most common subject of […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: 2D Tearoom

    The line between what is “commercial” and what is “artful” is frequently blurred in the realm of modern creators. Over the past decade, some may say that line has been completely erased. Step into a whimsical shop like the Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 in Seoul, and the convergence of commercial and fine art comes full circle […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: In the Fold

    The best art is the kind that you can touch — or fold. Kelli Anderson is a Brooklyn-based designer who creates interactive art kits for every-day people. In her latest work, Anderson makes mathematical, geometric forms a fun, foldable experience. In this latest kit, geometry enthusiasts can get hands-on with Auxetics — geometric structures that […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Ultraviolet Bridges

    In old Nordic mythology, the “Bifröst” is a rainbow bridge that connects the world of the gods to the world of humanity. Przemek Podolski and Marta Basandowska have created their own colorful, cosmic-themed bridges from string and light. Using hundreds of yards of colorful string illuminated by black lights, Podolski and Basandowska construct massive, complex […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Colorful Organic Sculptures

    Blobs, drips, and squishes. That’s exactly how sculptor Dan Lam describes her latest work. It’s not hard to see why. Using synthetic, flowing materials, Lam creates colorful and intriguing organic shapes that look like they’re constantly oozing and flowing. Though many of the pieces look almost like “happy,” soapy, accidental spills, the artist carefully selects […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Going Nowhere

    Jump head first into a pothole. Now, take a selfie. New York photographer Ben Zank captures bizarre moments of restriction, with subjects physically jammed into their environment or vice versa. Each image displays a male subject wandering through various landscapes — on a city street, somewhere in a desert, or even deep in a forest. […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: The Paris Sky Trampoline

    Suspended beneath the magnificent dome of Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, a neon-hue, rainbow disc floats above shoppers in Paris, France. This whimsical public installation is more than a colorful decoration, though. The fun-colored floating disc is also a functional playground for shoppers to play, bounce and lounge while visiting this world-famous department store. A new […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Socially Inclusive Spanish Silos

    Art is a dimension of the human experience, and that includes the experiences of people with disabilities. Social inclusion for the specially abled population is a core theme of TITANES — a public art collaboration by Ink and Movement and Laborvalia in Ciudad Real, Spain. The goal of this project is to promote the total […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Wooden Caverns

    You’d usually search for a cave hidden in a forest, but in Bristol, UK, the forest itself has become a cavernous temple. Over three years, designer Katie Paterson and architects Zeller and Moye collaborated to create Hollow — a wooden cavern that showcases the diversity of various tree species from around the world. With over […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Unfinished Wood Carvings

    Polish woodworker Alicja Kwade creates unfinished furniture, but with a twist. Her stools, chairs, and tables come with bark and tree stump still attached. The carved furniture alone is relatively simple — no ornate legs or detailed etchings for decoration. What makes these carvings unique is the half to one-quarter remaining tree trunks. The furniture […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Reading Rainbow

    It doesn’t have to be raining to catch a rainbow. The WUtopia Lab based out of Shanghai, China is an architectural design firm founded in 2013 by architect Yu Ting (俞挺) and interior designer MIN Erni. Pictured below is one of their latest public installments — an aluminum rainbow cascading from a bookstore ceiling called […]

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