beneath the surface blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Venetian Reflections

    Circular mirrors offer a reflective look at venetian architecture. Many times, the simplest things can make the biggest impact. For French Artist and designer Arnaud Lapierre, this reigns true in his most recent installation, AZIMUT. Through 16 titled and powered mirrors, Lapierre gives onlookers a distorted view of the beauty of the surrounding areas. The […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Threaded Masks

    Irish textile artist crochets cultural commentary and mask-making. From monstrous-looking faces to playful distortions, Irish-based artist threadstories explores expression and emotion through masks made of fringe, knots, yarn, and thread. In her latest work, the Irish artist poses in square self-portraits against a grey backdrop — designed to echo the appearance of Instagram shots. Each […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Picasso-Inspired 3D Renderings

    Pakistani digital artist Omar Aquil creates original abstract illustrations. Omar Aqil is a Pakistan-based digital artist who explores timeless themes through digital art. In his latest project titled Character Illustrations, he is experimenting with minimalist, color-packed shapes and forms. Inspired by Picasso’s famous style of portraiture, fun, absurd and expressive faces emerge from digitized versions […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Novelty Action Figures

    Famous Japanese paper artist creates original action figures from inexpensive toys. Tomohiro Yasui, a Japan-based artist, and designer, is best known for creating the famous kami-robo paper figurines and cartoons. Now, his trend-setting and fun-loving imagination is taking on a new medium — handmade action figures! In his new project, Yasui takes wires and cheap […]

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