California-based creative Damon Belanger, working in a myriad of media, is known for his eclectic oeuvre. While dabbling in everything from package design to paintings inspired by culture, his latest effort is a playful street art project that gives stupid and surprising shadows to ordinary objects.
Belanger was commissioned with 20 fanciful public pieces to decorate downtown Redwood City, California’s streets. He has transformed the seemingly ordinary city into a whimsical wonderland by painting false shadows on the sidewalk. The artist creates peculiar shadows that breathe new life into the overlooked sites of the city 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 map of the city is revealed as a robot.
Belanger first selects the object that will cast the “shadow” to create each curious piece. He then creates a chalk outline of a character, strategically angling it in a way that looks like a real cast shadow. He uses dark gray paint to fill it in once he is pleased with his sketch, and — voila! An everyday fixture becomes a peculiar character, proving that the playground of an artist can be any public space!
For his latest street art project, Damon Belanger has introduced a series of playful shadow art to downtown Redwood City.