beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Buddhist Temple Dragon

    As we get closer and closer to Christmas, its common to see homes and buildings adorned with festive holiday decorations. Some displays are more simplistic – just a few strands of twinkle lights – while others are more extravagant (think huge inflatable lawn characters, illuminated displays timed to music, moving, blinking gobos, etc). But in […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Living Architecture

    Last week, we showed you graffiti street art brought to life by animatronics. This week, we’re going to introduce you to living architecture! Now, there’s no animatronics involved, but we promise there’s plenty chemistry and science to bring you this seriously cool installation. Visual artist and architect Philip Beesley created his latest piece, Astrocyte, for […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Animatronic Graffiti

    We’ve written many blogs about graffiti and some really unique street art before, but we’ve never seen it done like this! A Swiss street artist, who goes by “Bane,” is truly bringing his graffiti to life… Through his own technique called ‘Graffiti Mapping,’ Bane literally makes his street art come alive. Not just alive, but […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wood Enclosed Glass Vases

    Wood and glass are two material staples in the world of architecture and design. Always elegant and timeless, it seems there is never a shortage of new and innovative ways in which these materials can be used together (just take our Flicche™ naturally translucent wood panels for instance!). We’re used to seeing new wood/glass infusions […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Landscapes in a Jar

    Jars and canisters hold many things: coffee, flour, keys, pencils, and maybe even that gravy you’re putting on your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes today. In these cases, the jars are simply acting as a corralling device, keeping all of these things together in one spot. But for Finnish artist Christoffer Relander, jars are much more than utilitarian […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Decorative Metal Animals

    Animals are not strangers to being the subjects of artwork throughout history, but it’s rare that we see those in a fragile state depicted by a harsher medium. Today we’re introducing you to a Japanese artist who builds creatures like birds, potbelly pigs, and smaller primates out of metal – but he still manages to […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: A Fallen Redwood Tree

    Some of the most creative artists have taken what are considered ‘useless’ items and transformed them into art with a purpose, bringing a whole new perspective to the viewer. In the case of one artist, he took a fallen, dead Redwood tree and carved it into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wood sculpture full of new life. […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Zeitz Museum

    Isn’t ironic how some of the best artwork is the architecture that houses art? Yes, we’re talking about museums! But not just any museum; The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, to be exact, which has taken on a pretty “tubular” new shape. Heatherwick Studio transformed Capetown’s tallest building into the Zeitz MOCAA, which holds […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Surreal Books and Lamps

    ‘The Great Outdoors’ sounds perfect when we consider all the hiking, campfires, and solitude that comes along with it. But when night falls, well… that’s a bit scarier and unpredictable. Especially if you were wandering around in the remote areas of Norway’s forest in the dark. Luckily, Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen has a solution for […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Urban Geodes

    We love when art is “hidden” in the most obvious of places! Like big-time Los Angeles, for example. Today we’re introducing you to an artist who creates something new and bold out of the old and decrepit; by placing colorful art designs in cracks and crevices of crumbling buildings, artist Paige Smith is really brightening […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Turtle Ecosystems

    Let’s talk about turtles. They’re reptiles because they can live both in water and on land. They have hard shells for protection. They’re slow, cute, and fun to watch. And they are part of a much larger ecosystem – until now at least. Oregon-based artist Lisa Ericson has re-imagined turtles to have their very own […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Piñata Sculptures

    Piñatas: fun, candy-filled papier-mâché creations just waiting to be smashed with a bat at a child’s birthday party. That’s what you think of when you hear ‘piñata’ too, right? Well, artist Robert Benavidez’s has something totally different in mind when it comes to piñatas. And trust us, you won’t want to smash these! Known for his […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ego Erectus

    Art often has the ability to transform what is old, dying, or dead. Art can give new life and perspectives to people, objects, or in this case, architecture. A deteriorating abandoned German Bank in Berlin has been repurposed as a gallery, now known as The Haus, featuring 165 artists with their work on display. We […]

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