Artist Damon Belanger gave regular objects in downtown Redwood City cleverly placed shadows to make them look like other things

Artist Damon Belanger gave a different perspective to everyday objects by painting unique shadows for them. He was commissioned by California's Redwood City business owners to create the pieces throughout the downtown area.

Belanger was asked to come up with 23 different creations using the ordinary objects around town. After deciding which objects he was going to work on, Belanger returned to his apartment to design the stencils for their shadows. When the stencils were completed, he brought them to public places in downtown Redwood City where he lined the stencils up and used a dark grey paint to give the shadows their proper appearances. These shadow paintings made it look like dogs were disguised as benches, monsters were dressed up as mailboxes or bike posts were really robots. They made many pedestrians do a double-take.

Belanger's shadow project was selected as a ‘Merit Winner' for the HOW International Design Awards ‘Signage & Environmental Graphics' category.

Damon Belanger Shadow Art

Artist Damon Belanger gave a different perspective to everyday objects by painting unique shadows for them. He was commissioned by California's Redwood City business owners to create the pieces throughout the downtown area.

Belanger was asked to come up with 23 different creations using the ordinary objects around town. After deciding which objects he was going to work on, Belanger returned to his apartment to design the stencils for their shadows. When the stencils were completed, he brought them to public places in downtown Redwood City where he lined the stencils up and used a dark grey paint to give the shadows their proper appearances. These shadow paintings made it look like dogs were disguised as benches, monsters were dressed up as mailboxes or bike posts were really robots. They made many pedestrians do a double-take.