The shadows on the sidewalks around Redwood City, Calif., have been doing strange things for the past year. That’s because Damon Belanger has been designing and painting fantastical faux-shadows that add creatures and other oddities under everyday objects. The effort is funded by the non-profit Redwood City Improvement Association, employing the San Carlos graphic artist to put his strange twist on cityscape.
“Active in the local art scene for over 10 years he has explored a multitude of various themes, styles and ideas in his work,” a statement says. “Most recently he is working on a series of acrylic paintings about memory and culture and installing unique shadow art paintings throughout downtown Redwood City.”
The artist starts by the tracing the design in chalk, then using gray paint to fill in each creature with the help of volunteers. Outside of the “Shadow Art” project, the artist also works in package design and illustration in video game publishing.