beneath the surface blog

  1. Illuminated Art Footbridge | Bay St. Bridge

    Toronto, ON: This expansive 129’ long bridge in downtown Toronto, connecting the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station Bus Terminal in the CIBC SQUARE, features a striking illuminated art piece along the walls. Through fine engineering and meticulously tailored lighting and detailing, renowned artist Nicolas Baier’s vision comes to life with vivid illumination. A custom designed […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Community Cloth

    Series of scissor-cut designs features nuanced narratives around family and community. Vietnamese-American artist Antonius Bui is exploring the evolving intersection of identity and family in a series of scissor-cut pieces titled The Detour Is to Be Where We Are. Each piece features a subject from Bui’s biological and chosen family. Posed in affectionate postures, the […]

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  3. Mock It Up So You Don’t Muck It Up

    What is your favorite part of a project? Is it the concept phase where you’re spitting out wild ideas? Is it the more technical stage working through logistics and challenges? Maybe it’s the final steps of install where you see your vision in complete reality? For us at GPI design, the favorite part of a […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Bridge Stitch

    Massive fiber installation transforms a stone bridge into a garden of orchids. Somewhere in the 12th-century town of Paderne, Portugal, local plant life buds wild and overgrown around a worn medieval walkway and bridge. Dangling from the arches of the bridge — a massive, crouched sash of soft, fabric orchids. One of many in Vanessa Barragao’s […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Face It!

    A trio of giant cartoon faces takes over a botanical garden in France. “I have seen landscapes… which, under a particular light, make me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.” — C.S. Lewis Over a hill, up a tree, or in a pond — there are […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Print With Purpose

    A portrait series aims to fight global poverty while highlighting themes of ethnicity and diversity. Minimalism and vibrancy — two seemingly opposed design dimensions come together in the compositions of this Rio de Janeiro artist. Known for his digital creations, Luciano Cian expresses his affinity for color and geometry through renders of anonymous subjects. Cultural […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: To Infinity and Hong Kong

    A public art installation pays tribute to the endurance and evolution of Hong Kong. Paul Cocksedge is a truly global designer. With public installations in several major cities from Milan to London to NYC, his studio’s elegant and innovative aesthetic is a human-centered signature, designed to fit into the lives of every type of person. […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Fresh Bags

    Designer re-imagines high-end fashions using vegetables as textiles. Ben Denzer is well known for quirky, food-themed designs, especially his ice cream book collection. In a new series of sculpture work, Denzer is taking on a more iconic classic than a Jane Austin novel — the Hermés Berkin bag. His arrangements of asparagus stalks, cucumber slices, […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Enchanted Landscapes

    A Midwestern printmaker hand-carves a series of original dreamy landscapes. Valerie Lueth co-founded Tugboat Printshop in Pittsburgh in 2006 as a traditional printmaker with a focus on hand-carved designs. Now the sole owner of the midwestern artist press, Lueth’s work at Tugboat has been featured in publications internationally. Born from a commission for an edition […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Textile Stitches

    A textile artist creates ornamental sculptures of household artifacts using a range of techniques. Artist and textile designer Sue Trevor is piecing together a series of meticulously stitched ornamental sculptures — the current iteration of her lifelong passion for crafting and painting. From a film camera to an analog clock, the subject of each piece […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Things Gone Squirrely

    A towering squirrel sculpture peers down on a modern Chinese city. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has constructed a range of public animal-themed art installations, ranging from giant reclining bunnies to knitted octopus you can walkthrough. His latest creature creation is a 15-meter-tall squirrel titled “Shiny Squirrel” — an enormous but docile figurine that looks down […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Last Draw

    A hand-drawn deck of playing cards captures themes of hope and affirmation. British sketch artist Shantell Martin is drawing aces in a custom card deck called “LINE.” Featuring the artist’s signature minimal style, each card is imbued with an uplifting message and quirky illustration of classic playing cards. Commissioned as part of a collaboration between […]

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  13. Washington DC’s Picturesque Franklin Square Lobby Renovation

    Washington, DC: 1300 Eye Street NW, also known as Franklin Square’s 500,000 square foot office building, has completed a major renovation.  The original building, built in the late 1980’s, was given a postmodern design, by Philip Johnson.  Championing the vision for the remodel was renowned architects, Hickok Cole, who enlisted GPI to execute a grand […]

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