So we’ve talked about beach drawings and we thought that’s the coolest art can get. We’re wrong. Apparently, the San Francisco Bay Area has been invaded by fake shadow art – particularly Redwood City.
When you walk down the sidewalks, you don’t entirely pay attention to your surroundings especially if this is a route that’s a part of your daily commute. Everything would look the same to you unless you actually see a drastic change.
Well, if you don’t pay close attention, you’d just walk by these incredible yet utterly confusing works of art. It may just stop you on your tracks. Check it out.
Damon Belanger is an artist. Period. He’s a graphic artist who’s not afraid to take his imagination to the next level.
He confuses pedestrians with his fake shadow art. Mailboxes become monsters, parking meters have monkeys sitting on top of them and bike racks become daisies!
And is this vandalizing? You might say yes but it’s completely legal. Damon has been commissioned by Redwood City itself to ‘install’ twenty of these things around the city with the goal of bringing more creativity to the streets!
I sure would stop dead in my tracks the moment I notice these. You don’t see this everywhere and I think it’s brilliant!
Damon starts by drawing a stencil using chalk before he paints it with the perfect shade of gray to make it look like a legit shadow.
Though I’m not entirely sure what the city’s intention of putting these on their streets but I think it’s great way to make a busy person stop for a quick second and smile in appreciation of the creativity.
Damon’s fake shadow art is definitely striking enough to make a busy person on his daily commute pause, take in the art, think and realize what it is with a smile on his face.
Thank you, Damon, for helping us think about the simple things in life that make one smile.