California-based Damon Belanger works in a multitude of mediums and makes beautiful artsy creations. While he dabbles in everything from package design to paintings inspired by culture. His latest effort is a mischievous street art project that gives normal objects silly shadows.
Redwood City asked Belanger to decorate the streets of the town. As a result, he made 20 fantastic public pieces. He transformed the seemingly ordinary city into a fantastical wonderland by painting faux shadows on the sidewalk. The artist creates peculiar shadows that breathe new life into the overlooked sites of the city by using public features such as benches and bicycle racks as inspiration.
A mailbox is actually a smiling monster in the world of Belanger, a parking kiosk is transformed into a monkey on a pedestal, and a city map is shown to be a robot. Belanger first chooses the object that casts the “shadow” to create each curious piece. He then creates a chalk outline of a character, skillfully aiming it in a way that looks like an actual cast shadow.
Once he’s happy with his sketch, he’s filling it with dark gray paint, and – tada! A daily setting becomes a peculiar character, proving that any public area can be a playground for artists!
Damon Belanger introduced a series of playful shadow art to downtown Redwood City for his latest street art project: