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.
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.
Blame it on American’s love of bling or an inherent fascination with shiny things. Either way, golden travertine is showing up in home and business designs a lot these days. We’ve seen it used in everything from luxury vinyl flooring and living room furniture to tile work and lighting. So we couldn’t help but join in and create golden travertine pedestals. They’re perfect for a wide range of applications, if we do say so ourselves.
Our golden travertine pedestals are made with high quality, ½-inch thick substrate and first rate, satin finish laminate. The smallest one stands 3-inches high and has a 9-inch footprint, which makes them matchless for use with walk-in closets. Think about it. They could be placed in the closets and used to display designer jewelry, belt buckles, cuff links and other luxurious accessories.
Though our pedestals are available in stock sizes, we can build custom to the exact size you need to fit your space or piece of art. Most of our pedestals are built to support upwards of 200 pounds, so they can easily hold that Tiffany lamps, murano glass sculpture, or oversized flower urn.
Based on our years of experience and what we’ve seen at design and trade shows, golden travertine looks stunning paired with black colored furnishings and fixtures. The dark shades make the pedestal’s brilliant golden surfaces pop. To learn more about golden travertine pedestals and how to customize them to meet your size and lighting needs, please contact us today!
One of the latest trends to sweep through interior design magazines is the bold use of geometric patterns and shapes. So many people are now working on incorporating pieces like cylinder pedestal stands into their personal and professional spaces. There are various ways to do this that will enhance a contemporary theme.
For example, white and black cylinder pedestals could be lined up along the entire length of one wall and topped with black and white photography. As an extra added touch, the photos could be placed in alternating white and black frames (e.g. black cylinder, white photo frame).
Brushed aluminum cylinder pedestal stands, on the other hand, could be placed at the entrance to a space and topped with industrial, mixed media or steampunk art to create an interesting pattern. Pinterest has quite a few pictures of steampunk sculptures that will give you an idea of the type of art and patterns that would pair perfectly with our metal finish pedestal stands, round or otherwise.
We’ve also got a series of wood veneer clad, cylinder shaped pedestal stands. The wood grain finishes inherently have their own patterns, which would only add to a geometric design scheme. One that tends to be favored by pattern enthusiasts is our zebra wood veneer cylinder pedestal. They come complete with a semi-gloss finish and a manual turntable option. Of course not all of our cylinder pedestal stands have such bold, wood grain patterns.
Some are more muted and therefore well suited for striking, geometric sculptures by artists like George W. Hart. He has quite a few pieces that feature several different wood grains and color combinations. The list of other artists whose work would look great atop our wood veneer cylinders includes Horst Kiechle, Zachary Abel, Laurel Roth, and Robert Wechsler.
To learn more about cylinder pedestal stands and how they can help make a geometric pattern design theme come to life, please contact us today. If you act now, you may be able to take advantage of our sale on round pedestals and other display aids.
With art classes getting ready to start up at schools all across the country, we wanted shine a spotlight onto collapsible pedestals. They are perfect for displaying student artwork during parent-teacher nights and other classroom events. Plus, the ones that we have in stock are designed to fold flat. So they’ll fit easily into classroom supply closets, where they may be stored in between events.
When choosing collapsible pedestals for the classroom, consider going with a black satin melamine finish. They typically mesh well with all classroom color schemes and will lend an air of gallery-like sophistication to any student event. Plus, the school janitors will undoubtedly appreciate how easy it is to keep the pedestals clean.
Then select a pedestal height that is likely to put the artwork at, or slightly below, a student’s eye level. For example, the majority of American n 5-year olds are around 44-inches tall. So Preschool and Kindergarten teachers may want to go with a 40-inch tall pedestal at stand-up events. Displays that require the children to remain in their seats may be better suited for collapsible pedestals that are 30 or 35-inches tall. That way, the children are more likely to get a better view of the art while they are seated.
As far as the collapsible pedestal’s footprint goes, it should be dictated by the size of the students’ art projects. In most instances, stock, collapsible pedestals have footprints that range from 11.25 to 20-inches in size. And each one should ideally display one child’s work. That said, it may be helpful to order at least two pedestals per student. One of the pedestals should be at the low end of the footprint size range and the other should be at the high end. To learn more about selecting collapsible pedestals for classroom displays, please contact us today.
In early 2014, the international news media outlets’ headlines exploded with news connecting a former U.S. President to fine art classes. Many people were fascinated with the news and we don’t blame them. After all, who would have imaged that the man who once held the fate of the free world in his hands would now be holding a paint brush and displaying his work on art pedestals? Ummm….us, that’s who!
We know how attractive fine art classes and art pedestals can be to so many different people. That’s because we produce some of the best, museum quality art pedestals in the world. Plus, we know that through the years, there have been other world leaders who’ve taken up a palette a time or two. Among them were Jimmy Carter, Winston Churchill, Vladmir Putin and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Bush apparently loves to create portrait paintings. Interestingly enough, Eisenhower favored portraits for a time too. However, he also seemed to enjoy painting landscapes as did Churchill. Carter, on the other hand, has produced paintings of animals, landscapes and people. And Putin’s work, thus far, has been quite contemporary.
World leaders apparently like to do more than just paint and display their work on art pedestals in their off time too. How do we know that? Well, there’s even been an entire book dedicated to former U.S. President’s pencil sketches and random doodles. It contains the impromptu artwork of men like Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. So as you can see, we weren’t really surprised to learn that G.W. Bush decided to dabble in the arts as well.
To learn more about art pedestals that are beautiful enough to display the work of all artists, please contact us.
We build custom all the time. When Calibur 11 needed a trade show display to promote their Battlefield 3-inspired “Vault” cases for XBOX and Playstation gaming systems, they came to us to design a custom-lit display with a dust cover equipped with Security Torx. The ambient-lit top and custom logo wrap rounded out this sharp, simple display system. These are some of our favorite types of projects, getting to work with the customer to meet their custom needs and, hopefully, exceed their expectations regarding quality and painless design-process.
What is Sheen?
Sheen means “a soft luster on a surface.” Synonyms are luster, shine, gloss, brilliance.
Sheen Standards at Pedestal Source
Standard Laminates (Black/White) – Satin
Premium Laminates – Matte to Gloss
Lacquers (Clear/Opaque) – Matte & Satin
Acrylics – Frosted & Gloss
Note: While there are technical measurements for sheen, even those are relative to the calibrating surface. What’s more, these technical measurements don’t always align with popular usage. If you are concerned about whether our “matte” is your “matte” and you aren’t in a rush, we’re happy to send you a sample.
Sheen is measured by an instrument called a Gardner 60 Gloss Meter, which measures the light emitted from the instrument at a specified incident angle, reflected from the surface of the dried coating being measured at the same angle, to a receiver. The instrument compares the emitted light to the received light and computes the difference to determine the amount directly reflected versus the light scattered or diffused by that surface. It compares the results to results of the same test performed on a calibrating surface, such as a highly polished black glass plate. The calibrating surface should register 100 on this scale.
- Gloss- 90% sheen
- Semi-gloss, between about 60% and 70% sheen
- Satin- 50% sheen
- Low satin- 30% to 40% sheen
- Matte or flat- 10% sheen
Do you have loved ones that will be celebrating a wedding anniversary in the weeks ahead? Have you been asked to help plan a special party for them? If so, we’d like to suggest incorporating gallery pedestals into the party décor. In our experience, they can really play a pivotal role in the affair. Here’s how:
Many anniversary couples and party attendees enjoy taking a leisurely walk down memory lane. Gallery pedestals can help them do that. Simply line up the pedestals in one area of the party room. Then top each one with a framed photo or other item representing a moment in the anniversary couple’s past.
The first gallery pedestal could spotlight something related to the couple’s first date. If no personal photo is available, it could be an item that represents the year that they met. For example, there are companies that sell replicas of newspapers printed on a certain day. The replica could be framed and put onto the galley pedestal alongside of an item that was popular with the youth of the day (e.g. love beads for the 1960s.)
Subsequent gallery pedestals could contain photos of their first house, children, grandchildren and pets. Depending on the couple and their interests, concert photos, sports memorabilia and other items from special celebrations might make perfect additions to the display.
The final gallery pedestal could feature something the couple is looking forward to or a group photo that contains the images of each anniversary party guest. If you choose to go with something that the couple is hoping to achieve, consider having a specialty, faux magazine cover created to mark the occasion. There are ample companies in business today that make such covers for wedding anniversary parties and other special events.
To learn more about gallery pedestals and how they have the potential to enhance wedding anniversary celebrations, please contact us at Pedestal Source. We have an array of affordable, easy-to-use, gallery pedestals to choose from and one business day delivery is available on select orders.
Museum quality, acrylic sculptures will last a long time, providing that they are cared for properly. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to care for them and they end up permanently marring the pedestals’ beauty in the process. So to prevent those disastrous situations from occurring, our acrylic experts wanted to break down the basics:
- Don’t apply household cleansers that contain harsh chemicals, acids, dyes or abrasives to acrylic sculptures. Otherwise, the pedestals may end up severely discolored and scratched. Instead, choose to use mild, water-based detergents and regular tap water or proprietary, acrylic cleaners instead. Examples of chemicals to avoid are carbon tetrachlorine, vinegar, ammonia, acetone, bleach, citrus acid and rubbing alcohol.
- On top of that, resist the urge to use scouring sponges or rags. The sponges could accidentally rough up the pedestals’ surfaces and the rags could leave lint behind. With that in mind, we recommend using a lint-free chamois like the kind normally used to clean computer monitors, HD television screens and prescription eyeglasses.
- If scratches, chips or dings appear in the acrylic sculpture’s surface, consider having them looked at by a professional. Depending on how big and deep the flaws are, an expert crafts-person may be able to fill, grind or buff them out with specialized products. In other situations, it may be possible to purchase over-the-counter restoration kits that are suitable for DIY use.
- After many years of use, some lesser grade, acrylic blends will often develop a yellow hue. It may be possible to remove that using mild abrasives or a hydrogen peroxide soak. Pure, museum quality acrylics rarely discolor due to age. However, they will most certainly develop an ugly hue if they are not cleaned and maintained properly on a regular basis.
To learn more about caring for museum quality, acrylic sculptures and pedestals, please contact us at Pedestal Source. Our pedestals are made with the best materials and expert craftsmanship. Therefore, buyers can rely on them to remain clear, bright and attractive for years to come.