April 18, 2021

Art In The Shadows: Artist Creates Shadows To Confuse People, And The Result Looks Too Real

When walking around Redwood City, California, there is a likelihood you would observe something strange. Take a closer look at the shadows, and observe how they misbehave. The growth of Flowers from the shadow of bike racks, shadow monsters grows from the mailbox, and the shadow of parking meter changed to a monkey. This seems confusing!

A  San Francisco-based creative is interrupting the ordinary with his playful street art shadows painted on sidewalks. Around the area of redwood city, California, artist Damon Belanger has carefully illustrated cartoon-like monsters and humorously-depicted animals on the ground beside ordinary urban objects — like a mailbox and a bench.

To bring creativity to the area, he decided to apply for his artistic work and install 20 fake shadows in the downtown area of Redwood City and he did achieve it. “The shadow gave life to lifeless objects so as to add fun to daily activities,” the artist explained.

He made the shadows by chalking stencils onto the sidewall after which he painted them dark grey. So as to see some of our favorites.

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“The theme of the project is cartoons, robots, and whimsical creatures,” Belanger told SFGate.com.

The installment spreads out all over downtown, ranging from the Caltrain station to the San Mateo County History Museum.

The perfect placement of Belanger’s paintings makes it seem as if the sidewalk elements are casting kooky shadows on the ground, enlivening the public space and adding a hint of humor to the everyday. Belanger begins by tracing the outline of the character in white chalk, then painting-in the silhouette with grey pigment. inanimate urban objects are given unexpected personalities, as monsters, monkeys and robotic figurines seemingly emerge from the base of a parking meter, bike rack, and bench.

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‘The overall theme is transformation and surprise,’ Belanger says. ‘We don’t pay much attention to shadows until something interesting happens like you notice a shadow cast by a tree that looks like an animal or something unusual. It’s kind of like looking for shapes in clouds. That’s the way I approached these pieces: given what is there casting the shadow, what else could that thing be or project, given its size and shape? What if it transformed and came alive?’

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The Redwood City Improvement Association donated $30,000 to the city and partnered with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation, and the Partnership Redwood City Program to bring it to life, according to Design You Trust.

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