Fake Shadow Street Art Is Confusing (and Amusing) California Residents

Damon Belanger
Damon Belanger

Damon Belanger’s street art isn’t meant to catch your eye from across the road. If you’re not paying attention, you could easily stride right past it without even noticing anything out of the ordinary. But if you look closely at your surroundings you’ll see that what appear to be shadows on the sidewalk aren’t always what they seem.

Belanger’s playful shadow art, recently spotlighted by designyoutrust, is brightening up pedestrian walkways around Redwood City, California. In one area, bike racks seems to cast shadows of dancing flowers. In another, the silhouette of a smiling monster extends from the bottom of a mailbox.

The deceiving artwork may look like the work of a prankster, but each image was painted with permission from the city. Redwood City officials commissioned the Bay Area-based artist for the project in an effort to promote creativity in the downtown district. He ended up designing 20 pieces that lurk in the shadows where you least expect it.

"We don’t pay much attention to shadows until something interesting happens, like you notice a shadow cast by a tree that looks like an animal or something unusual," Belanger said. "It’s kind of like looking for shapes in clouds. That’s the way I approached these pieces: given what is there casting the shadow, what else could that thing be or project, given its size and shape? What if it transformed and came alive?"

Check out some of the artist’s most impressive creations below.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

[h/t designyoutrust]

All images courtesy of Damon Belanger.

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]