beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Fiberglass Resin Skulls

    Do you remember learning about the French catacombs in Paris in your history classes? We’re introducing you to artist Ron Mueck this week, whose latest work is reminiscent of the many skulls and skeletons one would encounter in the catacombs. Only his are larger than life… We also probably should have mentioned that Ron’s skulls […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ocean Waves Fabric

    There’s not much we find more calming than the slow, undulating rolls of the ocean’s waves. But unless you live along a coastline, experiencing the beauty of those soothing ocean waves first hand is probably isn’t very easy. That is unless you’re fortunate enough to be around Elegy instead. What’s Elegy? Elegy is the title for Miguel Rothschild’s latest […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Public Restrooms in Japan

    Here in Cleveland, and the majority of the United States, it’s pretty hard to find public restroom stops… let alone public restrooms featuring extraordinary designs! If you’re looking for this type of convenience, you’re just going to have to travel to Okinawa, Japan. But it’s not really that surprising that Japan has cool public restrooms, […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Hand-Knit Science Jewelry

    We’re going to get straight to the introduction in today’s blog… Meet Nora Fok, one of the coolest women influencing the world! Nora is an England-based artist creating the most amazing knit jewelry pieces inspired by math and science. This is Nora’s latest collection, Cloud Nylon. Her wearable works of art are not created with just […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Paper Portraits

    Sure, we’ve seen a lot of pieces of art created with paper – but none like these! The haut-relief portraits created by artist Calvin Nicholls are so detailed and lifelike they almost don’t even resemble their paper origin at all… Calvin’s animal portraits are actually a bit reminiscent of a finer material like stone, aren’t they? […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: An Interactive Ocean

    If you have ever visited the ocean, taken a cruise, or even just viewed photos of seas – you’ve probably been lost in your own thoughts pondering the ocean’s vastness at least once. Maybe you’ve thought about what it would be like to be in the deep depths of the sea, to be a part […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Liquid Pencils

    It’s no secret that it takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow. But what does it take to make a rainbow stream from your coffee cup? In the case of whimsical artist and creator, Bobby Duke, it takes wood, resin, and colored pencils. Lots and lots of colored pencils. For this specific project, he […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Infinity Mirror Rooms

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go up in Space? To be such a small being in our vast galaxy? Well, with the new exhibit coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art, you just might be able to feel what that is like… CMA is proud to bring our city an […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Swinging Pendulums

    Have you ever wanted to learn to dance? Well, this is your chance! If you head to the Grande halle de la Villette in Paris, you will find artist William Forsythe’s latest installation: Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2.  If you’re asking yourself, “Where does the dancing come in?” We have an answer. […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Blackest Black

    Big news! Black is the new black! Scientists have discovered the darkest known material on Earth, whose color they have dubbed as “Vantablack.” Vantablack is so black that it gives Batman’s stylist a run for his money! In the video below, we learn a little bit more about Vantablack and the science behind it. Its more than […]

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