Monsters don’t exist… and this has been the reality of most people for most of their lives. But if you walk around the area of Redwood City in California, you just might rethink everything you know about monsters.
Damon Belanger’s new art project is a mixture of “transformation and surprise.” His idea was to paint playful monster imitations as shadows of random street objects like the mailbox, bike rack, benches, and meters. He used chalk in outlining the shapes of his work and then painted them over with grey pigment to complete the shadow look. He chose the sidewalk for the location of his works to stimulate people’s creative and funny side, something that is almost lost in this modern day and age.
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Belanger said, “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. 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?”