If you take a walk about the neighborhood and look around, you’ll notice that something isn’t quite right, particularly the shadows. Why do they look so dissimilar, as if they came straight out of a cartoon?
Damon Belanger, a California-based artist who works in a variety of mediums, is noted for his eclectic oeuvre. While he dabbles with anything from package design to culture-inspired paintings, his most recent project is a whimsical street art project that casts hilarious and unexpected shadows on everyday things.
Belanger was commissioned to create 20 whimsical public artworks for the streets of downtown Redwood City, California. He has turned an apparently regular city into a fantastical fantasy by painting fake shadows on the sidewalk. The artist produces strange shadows that breathe new life into the city’s forgotten areas, using public items like benches and bicycle racks as inspiration. A mailbox becomes a smiling monster, a parking kiosk becomes a monkey on a pedestal, and a city map becomes a robot in Belanger’s universe.
Belanger begins by selecting the object that will cast the “shadow” for each unique piece. After that, he draws a chalk outline of a character, artfully angling it to imitate a true cast shadow. When he’s happy with his sketch, he fills it in with dark grey paint, and voilà! An ordinary object transforms into a wacky character, demonstrating that every public space can be turned into an artist’s playground!
Damon Belanger has brought a series of humorous shadow paintings to downtown Redwood City for his latest street art piece.