Inverted Pyramid Pedestals Make Great Additions to Latin American Decor

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In ancient times, many civilizations incorporated pyramids into their architecture, art, sciences and religious practices. Among them were the Mayan Indians and other residents of Latin American countries. So with September 15th marking the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to talk about inverted pyramid pedestals and how they may enhance Latin American design schemes.

At Pedestal Source, we have inverted pyramid pedestals that sit on top of black laminate bases and feature veneer surfaces that come in assorted colors and finishes. Some of the inverted pyramids are constructed with fully illuminated, wide bases or sport single spotlights. Others are not designed to light up.

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Because the Mayans were known to build pyramids to sun and moon deities, the lighted pedestals could be used to highlight artwork featuring their images or related symbols. For example, the Moon Goddess is often pictured with other deities like the Jaguar God and the Maize God. Sometimes she is pictured with white rabbits and images of the moon too. So the pedestals could be topped with statues of rabbits and jaguars or glowing orbs that resemble the moon.

The civilization’s Sun God, also known as Kinich Ahau, took many artistic forms as well. The list includes, but doesn’t end with images of water birds, parrots, canoes and water plants. They were often incorporated into masks that featured a representation of the deity’s face. Therefore, the inverted pyramid pedestals could be utilized to display tribal masks, pottery filled with rainforest plants and sculptures of mythical birds.

Of course the inverted pyramid pedestals could be used to highlight more than just the Mayan Moon Goddess and the Sun God. They could draw attention to Mesoamerican-style textiles, photographs of actual pyramids and anything else that is meant to be spotlighted. To learn more about our inverted pedestals and how well they blend into Latin American design themes, please contact us today.

Celebrating Mothers with Love and Pedestal Discounts

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. That means you only have 4 more days to decide how you are going to celebrate the wonderful mothers in your life. Mother’s Day, specifically in the United States, has been celebrated since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it to be a national holiday that was to be held every year on the second Sunday in May. Of course, we Americans were not the first to celebrate our mothers, so let’s take a look at how this tradition began.

Ancient Greeks honored their mother of the gods on a special day, Romans honored their version of the mother of the gods, Christians honored the mother Mary, and the English gave servants a special holiday in order to visit their mothers. According to familytime.com, “Julia Ward Howe is credited with first suggesting a day to honor American mothers and to celebrate peace in 1872… Howe organized annual Mother’s Day meetings in Boston.” It took years to formalize the day, but “in 1913, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for federal government officials to wear white carnations in honor of mothers on the second Sunday in May.”

Mother’s Day is now the day that mothers receive cards, homemade goodies, treats, clean houses, breakfasts in bed, gifts, and many other pampered luxuries. The question for those who have mothers or mother like figures is what to get for them and how to show them your love and appreciation?

Pedestal Source wants to help you celebrate and spoil your mothers by offering a special discount of 15% off any pedestal that is not already on sale. Better hurry, this deal will only last until Mother’s Day. Simply call our store at 1-800-333-9953 and mention the Mother’s Day discount and you will receive 15% off any pedestal you choose as long as it is not already on sale.

Give your mother something she can place her other Mother’s Day gifts on, give her something she can keep for years to come, give her something that will help decorate her house, give her something that says “I love you and I want you to have something special.”

Mother’s Day is 4 days away, what are you getting for your mother?

The Down Light Showcase Pedestal: A Museum Quality Showcase

Down Light Showcase Pedestals

“It belongs in a museum!” These famous words of Indiana Jones always pop into my head whenever I see something precious, rare or valuable in the world today. Indeed, so many objects are museum worthy or display worthy, from fine art, to historical objects, to memorabilia, whether found in an actual museum or in a personal collection. But after discovering the precious piece you want to display, the next realization is this: It needs a museum quality display case to showcase it. A display showcase that will enhance the beauty, not distract from it.

Pedestal Source is proud to announce our latest product: The Down Light Showcase Pedestal. Made in the same tradition as our other high quality display pedestals, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal is handmade in the U.S.A. right here at our facility in Fort Collins, CO. This lighted display case combines a simple, aesthetic beauty with innovative engineering to put all the focus on your precious piece. Whether you’re a museum curator, a gallery owner, a jewelry shop owner or a private collector, the Down Light Showcase Pedestal gives you a quality, museum display case that you can be as proud of as you are the piece you’re displaying.

Let’s look at some of the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal:

  • Overhead and/or ambient under lighting.

How often do beautiful pieces of art fail to stand out simply because of poor lighting? At Pedestal Source, we have years of experience in displaying art and other valuable objects. We know that certain pieces need lighting from above, and some are better illuminated from the bottom. That’s why we give you the option of either low voltage LED top lighting, or ambient under lighting, or both. There are an amazing variety of looks that can be obtained when using the changeable color LED under light system.

  • Laminate or wood veneer finishes available.

There’s no need to settle for one finish, one color. Choose from many real wood veneers and laminates so that you get a great display showcase that not only highlights your object to perfection, but suits the room around it.

  • No visible door hardware or wiring.

Nothing distracts from your fine art like clumsy door locks and intrusive wiring tubes down the side or corner of the viewing area. Our engineering team has developed an innovative system that keeps the sight lines clutter free. All you see is what is meant to be seen: your piece being displayed. Check out the video below for more details on how to access the display  area.

  • Completely customizable – imagine the possibilities!

So you’re looking at the picture of the case and thinking, “It’s nice, but I really need something like (fill in the blank)”. At Pedestal Source, we have always prided ourselves in making our products customizable. The Down Light Showcase Pedestal is no different. Whether it’s the overall size, the acrylic viewing area, the finish or even adding storage, you can be sure you will be getting a great custom made showcase that meets your needs. You can even interchange the display platform. Imagine a mirrored platform underneath a sparkling piece of jewelry!

At a time when there is much discussion of U.S. Manufacturing jobs going overseas, we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our display pedestal and showcase products are made right here at our facility in Colorado. You can also rest assured you are not only getting a quality American made product, you will be getting first class customer service to go with it.

Whether you’re looking for a museum style case to display your fine art or collectables, or you are a jewelry shop owner that wants an eye-popping jewelry display case, The Down Light Showcase Pedestal will put the focus clearly on the item inside of it. Couple that with the confidence of knowing you have a superior, made in the U.S.A. product, we’re sure you’ll treasure this case almost as much as your piece! Well, maybe not, but either way, we think Indiana Jones would approve.

Watch the video below to see the features of the Down Light Showcase Pedestal in “action”.

Pedestals: A Weighty Issue

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One of the most common questions we receive is: How much weight will one of our pedestals hold? A quick glance at our website suggests that all of our products are sturdily built, but what about that 200 lb Buddha statue you just purchased? Can our pedestals safely support something so heavy? The last thing you want is for your piece to be compromised by a weak display pedestal.

The truth is, it’s rarely an issue for most of our customers. For example, our Black Laminate Pedestal can easily hold up to 200 lbs, and that’s a conservative weight rating.  But for some customers, it is a concern. Here a few things to think about when displaying a very heavy object on one of our pedestals:

  • Is it a tall object or sculpture?  Often times the issue becomes one of top-heaviness, and no matter how much weight the pedestal will hold, the issue at hand can be how easily the object can tip. Often times to help with this, we will either recommend a proper pedestal footprint-to-height ratio that is appropriate for the object you are displaying or we can put an easily removable false bottom into the pedestal that will allow the customer to place something such as a sand bag into the pedestal to give it extra weight and mass. This provides for a much more stable center of gravity for a tall, heavy object.
  • The next consideration plays off of the first: Where is the object being displayed? Is it a high traffic area? Are there small children frequently near the object? Improper pedestal placement plus a tall, top heavy object is a recipe for disaster.  Our recommendation is to display your tall, heavy objects away from doors or entryways. If small children are present, you may need to consider anchoring the piece to a nearby wall or ceiling, or anchoring the pedestal to the floor. A pedestal on carpet can also compromise stability, but we can equip our pedestal with carpet spikes that fasten the pedestal down into the subfloor without damaging the carpet.
  • And lastly, what is the weight distribution of the object like? Basic physics tells us if the weight of a heavy object is focused onto a small point in the center of the pedestal, the top could possibly be compromised. If the weight is distributed more evenly across the entire surface of the pedestal, it is more than capable of bearing the weight load.  Most sculptures have a big enough base to distribute the weight to a reasonable level with no worries.

So how do you know when heavy is too heavy? That’s where our customer service team comes in.  Our team works closely with our engineer and production team and are skilled at anticipating your needs–solving the problems you didn’t even know you had!  We can often easily determine if our standard construction will bear the weight of the object you are displaying and can reinforce our pedestals as needed. “We really are about service, we’re not just order takers. And we’re not just sales people trying to close the deal. We want to know that you’re getting what you want and need”, says Pedestal Source/Xylem Design CEO and founder Greg Glebe.

Pedestals are a fairly simple product, but there are a few things you have to get right. One of them is being sure it will hold the weight you are putting on it.  With a few questions and considerations, you can rest assured that your most prized sculptures will have a safe, elegant display pedestal for years to come.

Here’s a video we made a while back demonstrating the weight capacity of one of our pedestals.

Buying or Renting Trade Show Pedestals: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

The start of the trade show is 2 hours away. The set up is going great. Everything so far is looking spectacular. Everything except… Except the fact that the pedestals never arrived from your exhibit supplier. OK, don’t panic. Take a deep breath. You can just set the product up on the floor. Um, no. I know! Steve can hold them, he is sometimes called the human pedestal around the office anyway… Wait! Boxes! Cardboard boxes will hold them! No… the product weighs 40 pounds – an accident waiting to happen. Alright Steve, get your haz-mat suit on we’re down to dumpster diving – just find something we can use as a pedestal!

Has this ever happened to you? Maybe it’s a slight over-dramatization. Or maybe not. Either way, no one wants to end up in a frustrating situation like this. That’s why renting vs. buying display pedestals has turned into one of the classic dilemmas for trade show planners. The lasting impression that you want to present is one that is aesthetically pleasing. Having all of your pedestals show up on time should be the least of your worries. So naturally when considering all aspects of your exhibit the question arises: should I rent or should I buy the display pedestals for the upcoming trade shows? Whether you’re a large Fortune 500 company or a small company with a local and regional focus, budget concerns will figure prominently in marketing decisions, especially where the ROI can be somewhat tricky to assess. There is no doubt display pedestals play a significant role in the look and feel of your trade show exhibit. But is it really necessary to invest your money in purchasing your pedestals? Here are five questions every event exhibit planner should ask themselves when considering whether to rent or buy the display pedestals for a trade show.

1. What are my quality requirements?

You put so much time and energy into the planning and preparation of your trade show exhibit. The aesthetic quality of the display pedestals must be top notch. The last thing you want is for this to be a wild card in your exhibit setup. So how do you ensure that the pedestals you will be using meet your high standards? Renting can offer you a tremendous amount of flexibility if your shows are seldom and if it’s acceptable that the quality and style vary a bit from show to show. However, if you have very specific needs for style, color and size, buying will allow you to control all of these aspects. It also allows you to inspect the pedestals for quality control days or weeks before the show to ensure the condition. It can be incredibly frustrating to realize at the last minute that there are damaged or missing pedestals in your rental inventory!

2. What are my time constraints for the upcoming show?

We’ve all had the last-minute trade show entry. Perhaps you have overlapping shows or need additional pedestals for a larger space. The reality is that you just may not have the time to put in an order to purchase pedestals. In these cases, renting gives you the flexibility to work on very short turnaround times. However, many quality pedestal manufacturers have pedestals in stock or pedestals that can be custom-made and shipped within a couple of days. This allows you to remain consistent with the style and color of your other exhibit pieces.

3. What do I need to consider as far as storage?

Let’s be honest: storage is an added long term cost. Sometimes it feels like you need a small warehouse just for your trade show materials! For some, this is just not an option. You can’t keep overhead costs down if you have to figure out how to store bulky trade show exhibits. Renting, however, alleviates this problem altogether. Allowing storage space to be the rental company’s concern solves a big headache. With that said, it’s probably worth the time to really consider just how much space you need to store your pedestals. Many pedestal manufacturers are aware of this problem for businesses and offer portable, collapsible pedestals that allow for easy storage and travel. Suddenly, space will become a non-issue.

4. How often will I be using the pedestals?

This question is really the crux of the issue regarding renting or buying your trade show pedestals. Do you have only one show per year that you attend? Or occasionally do you have two or more shows happening simultaneously that you need to add additional pedestals to your stock? Then renting may be the best option for you. There is simply no need to purchase and store pedestals that get so little use. But maybe you are the trade show king, a real road warrior attending multiple trade shows a year. Perhaps your pedestals do double-time and you need them to display items in your office. Then buying would be the best option. Your pedestals will pay for themselves in no time, and as stated before, you get to control the quality, style and color.

5. What’s it going to cost me?

This is where the rubber meets the road and obviously goes hand in hand with Question 4. Many portable trade show display pedestals can be purchased for as low as $75 and will pay for themselves within 3 or 4 shows. Renting pedestals does offer flexibility especially where storage is concerned, but can become expensive over the long run. Again, the question of cost will be answered by analyzing how much you will be using your pedestals.

The question of renting vs. buying spills over into many aspects of your business, especially when it comes to your marketing materials. In addition, perhaps there are some general philosophical questions that need to be asked: How important are trade shows to your business? Are they part of your long-term marketing strategy? If so, the materials you use will say a lot about your company on the big stage. Consequently, your pedestals will say a lot about you as well. Hopefully, these guidelines will serve to aid you in making the best decision for your unique situation thereby resulting in achieving the right balance between aesthetics and economics.

Our Latest Custom Project

Check out this beautiful custom pedestal we made for the Ruby Slipper Cancer Foundation. Not only is it mirrored and rotating, it is lighted and fit with a custom dust cover… a complicated build if there ever were one. If you are in the market for something similar, please give us a call at 800-333-9533.

If you are interested in learning more about or donating to the Ruby Slipper Cancer Foundation, please click here.

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Product Highlight: Clear Acrylic Pedestals

Clear Acrylic Pedestal

Our clear acrylic pedestals are ideal for situations where you want to show off your art, sculpture or pottery piece and nothing more! Each clear acrylic pedestal is crafted by hand here in Colorado, and can be made to nearly any shape and size. The edges are all hand-polished for an exceptionally clean, museum quality finish.

Our clear acrylic pedestals are currently 25% OFF, so there have never been a better time to buy. Check out our Acrylic Pedestal options here>>

Pedestal Finishes: Wood vs. Laminate


Pedestal Shopping TipsAfter months of searching, you acquire an art piece that is begging to be put up on a pedestal. You heed that call and start searching through your pedestal options.  As you shop around you find that while you prefer the rich color and texture of wood, a black or white laminate pedestal of the same dimensions will save you about 20%. A tempting savings indeed!

So, just how well do laminate pedestals stack up against their wooden counterparts? Here are a few facts:

Durability

White Laminate Pedestal
White Laminate Pedestal

The longevity and appearance of any pedestal depends on what it’s made from, how it’s used and how well it’s cared for. On scratch, stain, fade, moisture and impact resistance, laminate surfaces rate better then wood. However, if wood is coated in a high quality lacquer, it will be able to resist stains and moisture quite well.

When wood veneer pedestals are properly cared for, they can last as long as your art piece. While laminate surfaces may be more scratch resistant than wood, the edges are prone to chipping, and heavy or jagged art pieces can leave unappealing scars. In order to enjoy a long life, laminate pedestals needs to remain in a permanent location, with as little moving or transporting as possible.

Appearance

Real Walnut Veneer Pedestal
Real Walnut Veneer Pedestal

Without a doubt, real wood veneer is more rich, warm and appealing than laminate. While wood can be finished to any color, it is a natural product and the grain and color will vary slightly from pedestal to pedestal. If wood is exposed to direct sunlight for a length of time, the color can change. Typically, darker woods will lighten when exposed to direct sunlight, when some lighter woods will darken slightly.

The standard laminate pedestal finishes are black and white. While those colors do provide a clean backdrop, they do not add any life or depth to a display. In recent years a few laminate patterns designs have emerged that provide an appealing stone look, but they are a far cry from the real thing. When it comes to exposure to direct sunlight, laminate surfaces do a great job at resisting the sun’s effects.

Maintenance and Care

Laminate may be slightly easier to maintain than wood, but it is harder to repair. If scratched, dinged or marred, wood veneer pedestals can be refinished. Laminate surfaces cannot. Cleaning of pedestals, whether wood or laminate, should be done with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Cleaning with water alone can cause wood finishes to become dull, and will usually leave streaks on laminate surfaces.

Personal Preference

While both wood and laminate finishes have their pros and cons, the most important factor in your decision should always be personal preference. Ask yourself the simple question:

Do I want my pedestal to blend in or proudly display?”

Pedestals finished in black or white laminate are best at blending into the surroundings. If you would like your pedestal to simply lift up and display your art piece without getting in the way, then a laminate finish would be your best bet. If you are looking to accentuate your art piece, and would see the pedestal as a worthy addition to the furniture in your room,  a rich wood veneer is the way to go.

See our available laminate pedestal options >

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Top 3 Things to Consider when Lighting a Sculpture

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TipsOne of the most fascinating aspects about experiencing a sculpture is how many ways there are to do it. The setting, lighting and point of view can all have a dramatic effect.

The process and decisions involved in lighting sculpture can go in a number of directions depending on a handful of factors. Here are the top 3 things the team here at Pedestal Source ask our customers to contemplate when lighting a sculpture:

1. Medium

What your sculpture is constructed from has the greatest influence on the approach you take with lighting. From a illumination standpoint, all mediums fall into one of three basic categories: clear, semi-opaque and opaque.

  • Etched glass sculpture on ambient lighted pedestalClear: Glass, acrylic, crystal, etc. Sculptures made from a clear medium have the most options when it comes to lighting. These range from spotlighting, ambient lighting, overhead lighting and back lighting.
  • Semi-Opaque: Lightly colored, milky or frosted glass, acrylic, crystal andsemi-opaque vase on ambient lighted pedestal so on. Lighting requirements for sculptures in this category vary dramatically. Spot lights are generally not able to penetrate deep enough to have an effect on most semi-opaque pieces, leaving ambient lighting, overhead lighting and back lighting as the remaining options.

Quick Tip: If you are unsure of your art piece’s level of opacity, we recommend grabbing a high powered flashlight and holding it directly under the base. More opaque pieces will only allow the light to pass an inch or two from the bottom, and ambient lighting would not be recommended.

  • plaster sculpture on ambient lighted pedestalOpaque: Examples range from densely colored glass, acrylic and crystal to bronze or stone. With opaque sculptures, lighting is typically limited to its ability to amplify levels of contrast via cast shadows. Options include ambient lighting and overhead lighting.

2. Scale

Large sculpture on ambient lighted pedestal w/ backlightingWhile smaller scale art pieces can be adequately lit by a light source embedded within a pedestal, larger scale pieces may require an external source to get the job done right. Here are some general rules when it comes to lighting large scale pieces:

If your sculpture is…

…large and opaque, a directional light emanating from a ceiling mounted light source is usually the best choice.

…large and clear or semi-opaque, a combination of ambient light, back light and/or an overhead light would be ideal.

…large and broader at the top than the bottom, ambient lighting typically works best and overhead lighting would be out.

…large and broader at the bottom than the top, overhead lighting typically works best and ambient lighting would be out.

3. Warm or cold?

Frosted sculpture on ambient lighted pedestal with clear acrylic dust coverNo, this is not in reference to your personality or your sleeping temperature. It is about the desired mood of your art piece. Standard lighting elements are typically one of two flavors: yellow (warm light) and blue (cool light).

For most sculptures, selecting a light color is entirely personal preference. The questions you should ask yourself are:

  • When I first laid eyes on this art piece, how did it strike me from an emotional standpoint?
  • Was that emotion more on the calm and soothing side or the intense and dramatic?
  • Now that it is in my home/office, is that still the mood would I like it to convey?

While there are many predefined rules for lighting a sculpture, there is plenty of room for creative expression. Lighting is a medium just like anything else. We recommend you take the time to experiment and see what lighting method best captures the spirit and mood of your art piece.