Monday, May 30, 2011

Recycled Rubber Wall Sculpture Hits the Mark

"Mama" by artist Gregory Coates

One of my favorite fabulous wall sculptures, "Mama" is made from recycled rubber.  Eco-friendly, this piece evokes strong feelings of awe - it's amazing in it's texture simplicity, and.....available for placement in your lobby or conference room.  For information, call us at (888) 440-9260 - we can add "wow" to your space, anywhere in the US.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Green Logos, Green Art - Tranquility & Health

Written by Sam Anderson
The human brain is programmed to respond to every color in a different manner.  Effects of green color include feelings of tranquility, vitality, health and freshness and cleanliness. Green is mostly used in eco-logos in order to endorse the environment-friendly vibes. 
Green is also known as the ‘environment-friendly’ color.  For the full story, please click:
For eco-friendly "green" artwork, please call us for a complimentary consultation: 888-440-9260

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Human Spirograph Uses His Whole Body to Make Huge, Swirling Art

by John Pavlus at

Tony Orrico's drawings are part scientific visualization, part performance art.
Tony Orrico uses a technique to generate his drawings that sounds inspired by Donald Rumsfeld's torture playbook: He kneels, lays, or suspends himself over a giant canvas, puts a writing implement in each hand, and starts rhythmically waving his arms back and forth for hours without stopping. Maybe that's why our friend Maria Popova calls him "the human spirograph": Orrico's machine like process would probably put any other artist in the hospital.

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For wall or free-standing sculptures for your home or office, please call us at (888) 440-9260.  We have a fantastic selection of African art sculpture, eco-friendly steel and metal art, glass and beautiful stone.  Sculpture rentals start at just $40 per month!

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Minimalist Sculpture Made of 274,400 Legos

Take the patience of a saint and the leisure preferences of a 6-year-old boy, and you’ve got Lene Wille, the Danish artist behind this minimalist sculpture originally built for the lobby of the Amsterdam World Trade Center.

Take the patience of a saint and the leisure preferences of a 6-year-old boy, and you’ve got Lene Wille, the Danish artist behind this minimalist sculpture originally built for the lobby of the Amsterdam World Trade Center.

We love to share creative styles of art and love this!  For the complete article from fastcodesign, please visit:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Having your Way with Walls

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GONE are the days when a feature wall painted in a bright colour was considered the ultimate in interior design. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll have noticed that wallpaper has been staging something of a comeback. Digitally printed or hand embroidered, retro or luxuriously glam, the stylish options for your walls are infinite.

At Art Rent and Lease, we can create wallpaper from original artwork as well as prints on bamboo, stainless steel, clear acrylic or glass and more - ask us how we can help you fill your walls!  Call us toll-free (888) 440-9260 for ideas and a no-cost initial consultation in your area.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Branding on a Budget - Don't forget brand-related Artwork!

Mike Sprouse, chief marketing officer at Epic Media Group, discusses combining your personal brand with your corporate or business brand.

I have found that many entrepreneurs struggle with integrating their personal brand into their business. It's difficult to keep them separate in this ultra-connected and social world we live in. My advice is to not fight it. If you're an entrepreneur or solopreneur, you are the face of your business, so go ahead and have your personal brand be very much a part of your business brand. Businesses depend largely on relationships, and who better to nurture business relationships than you personally?

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The tiles on this architectural firm's wall show the various projects they've completed - an excellent example of how artwork can enhance your brand!  Call for more info: 888-440-9260

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Sign of Better Times Ahead, Remodeling Market Index Reaches Four-Year High

From the National Association of Home Builders

A good indication that the remodeling market is heading into a recovery, the NAHB Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for this year’s first quarter rose to 46.5, up from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2006.

Great news for those of us that supply products and services during remodels, such as artwork.  Adding or changing artwork in your space is an inexpensive solution with high impact.  Art enhances a company image, improves employee morale and can really make a great statement for clients when art is placed in the lobby and conference rooms.

For information on art for your space, including our fantastic rotating art rentals (we swap out your art every 3 to 6 months), call us for a free initial consultation at (888) 440-9260.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Sky of Love - Powerful Blue Logo Design

Written by Sam Anderson
Understanding color psychology and applying it in
logo design isn’t easy. But, there are certain common effects that
colors evoke when used in a logo design.
Blue is considered to be the royal color in logo design.
It evokes power, influence, dignity, security, stability
and faithfulness.
Most corporate logos use blue in order to disseminate
a sober and serious look to their business. 
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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Art of Hanging Art #3

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  • Hang art at eye level where it can be easily seen and enjoyed. That can be at standing or sitting eye level, the choice is yours. Hold the art against the wall where you want to hang it. Start with its center five feet high from the floor, then adjust it to your preference. For a reference point, make a small pencil mark on the wall at the top center of the frame.
  • Never just hammer a nail into the wall! Choose the appropriate hanging device based on the composition of your walls and the weight of your art. Always hang art on two hooks and two wall hangers for even and level support. Heavier pieces should be hung with D rings.
  • Place the hooks, lay your frame face down and pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame in two spots the same distance from the top. These spots are where the hangers will be placed. (The further apart they are, the closer the art will be to the wall.)
  • Measure the distance between these two spots, as well as the distance between one of them and the top of the frame.
  • Transfer these dimensions to the wall starting with your center mark.
  • Install the wall hangers at the two hanging spots.
  • Begin hanging with the central piece, using it as a reference point for all the others.
Happy Hanging!  Thanks for viewing this three-part series on "The Art of Hanging Art" - not always as easy as it looks. 

Art Rent and Lease provides artwork throughout the US: original paintings and sculpture for offices, movie sets, photo shoots, facility lobbies, corporate conference rooms - virtually anywhere you want to bring the beauty of artwork into your space.  Call us for a free consultation: (888) 440-9260 - we have offices and consultants throughout the US!

Friday, May 6, 2011

From A to Z: The iPhotography Alphabet in Pictures

Via Mashable!

Combining two of our favorite things — iPhotography and typography — we thought it would be fun to set the challenge of recreating the alphabet using great pics snapped on Apple’s mobile.

We have found all 26 letters as captured by iPhotographers from all over the world, made up from everyday objects, interesting typography examples and even architectural shapes.
So, if you love iPhotography and typography as much as we do, take a walk through our very own Alphabet Street gallery.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Target's Top Creatives Offer Lessons about Managing a $35 Billion Brand

How do you get 10 agencies, 4 digital partners, and 3 branding studios to sing the same tune, while helping run a $35 billion company with 1,755 stores?
1. Be Transparent
2. Play Nice
3. Be Open
4. Stretch the Work
5. Talk Talk Talk

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If you'd like your artwork to help mirror your brand, enhance your brand and define your brand, call us at (888) 440-9260.  We've been working with companies in the US since December 2000 who need specific artwork for their project, re-design or branding.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Steelcase's Brilliant Workstations are a Work of Art

Fast Company Innovation Uncensored
by John Pavuls at

Steelcase's award-winning teleconferencing solution makes long-distance video collaboration as easy as plunking down your laptop at a Starbucks (and in Art Rent & Lease's opinion, very artistic!)
Take it from me: working remotely is awesome. But sometimes it would be nice to have some face time with my National Magazine Award-winning colleagues without having to fire up iChat in my dumpy looking apartment. Maybe my local co-working space could invest in the media:scape videoconferencing solution from Steelcase, which just won a Bronze medal from the Edison Best New Product Awards. Instead of a drab conference room full of intimidating cables and adapters, Media:scape is designed to be casually comfortable for a “walk-up and connect” experience.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Art of Hanging Art #1

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Hanging art is easier than you think. All it takes is a little creativity and planning. Below are helpful hints and creative ways to make your walls say everything you want them to.

Plan your layout:

It's important to achieve the right balance between your wall space and the frames you want to display. Larger frames can stand alone, but smaller frames should be grouped together for impact.
  • Clustering several works together will enrich any space.
  • Choose the pieces you want to use. For visual interest, use frames of varying shapes and sizes and hang frames both vertically and horizontally.
  • Lay it out on the floor first. The simplest way to create a grouping is on the floor. This gives you the chance to arrange and re-arrange without making holes in your walls.
  • Think of the arrangement as one large picture. The most effective groupings are large oblong shapes. Arrange the pieces from the border of the shape to equal the space you have measured off. Play with the interior space. Change the pieces around.
  • Check the balance. Step back and look at the arrangement. Make sure you balanced the heavier and lighter pieces, as well as spread color throughout the grouping. How do the frames look next to each other? Re-arrange until you feel the group is visually balanced.
  • Measure the distance between the pieces on all sides. The grouping should be centered in the space (equally distant from the ceiling and the anchoring piece of furniture). Measure the distances between the pieces carefully and write them down.
Stay tuned for The Art of Hanging Art #2 & #3!  If you need help with art for your space, call us at (888) 440-9250 - we have art for rent, we lease art and we sell art throughout the US.