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Artist puts fake shadows in public places to surprise the heck out of people

San Francisco-based creative Damon Belanger uses clever shadow art to bring inanimate objects to life, and in the process, gives unsuspecting passers-by a pleasant surprise.

The series, which can be found in the streets of Redwood City in California, involves painting quirky shadow creatures on the ground next to public features such as mailboxes and bike racks. Some of the characters he makes include monsters, robots, and animals.

To make each piece, Belanger traces a character’s outline with white chalk, then fills-in the silhouette using a grey pigment. The result is something that adds a touch of humour to everyday life.

In use… #redwoodcity #visitredwoodcity #shadowart

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“The theme here is shadows,” said Belanger. “I’ve taken that to mean transformation and the unexpected. You don’t pay much attention to shadows unless you see something unexpected.”

He added: “It’s more fun when you come around a corner and see an unexpected monster pop up on the sidewalk.”

Parking Monkey. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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Find out more about Damon Belanger and his work here.

Dog the Cat. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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#redwoodcity #cityofredwoodcity #publicart #streetart #visitredwoodcity #rwcparks #redwoodcityshadowart #shadowart

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Robo Band. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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Loco motive…Redwood City Caltrain. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart

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Earlier this year, the Redwood City Improvement Association helped bring the sidewalks of the downtown area to life with shadow art, designed and painted by local artist Damon Belanger! What you may not know, though, is that each one has a name! You can find "Double Dribble" on Arguello and Marshall Streets. 🏀💨#visitRWC #RedwoodCityShadowArt Photo: @hramos

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