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Amazing Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates amazing shadow art by using various seemingly ordinary items and some light.

A giant steel exclamation point, lit from right angle becomes a question mark, paper sheets cast shadows that look like faces, aluminum numbers add up to create a silhouette of a woman – these are just a few examples of what can be done with shadows. The possibilities are endless, but you probably already knew that if you had seen the works of Tim Noble & Sue Webster or Rashad Alakbarov that we posted earlier.

“I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner. I take objects and carve and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow).”


City View


Untitled (Child)


A to Z

Seated Figure


Question Mark



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    WOW :p

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    so schon…

  • Annette Picard via Facebook

    Amazing, beautiful, extraordinary and so… clever !

  • Markus Obelitz Søe via Facebook

    Of all these pictures, you cannot believe the question mark-one?

  • Darijus Strasunskas via Facebook

    Cool and unusual!

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    why the f… am i getting annoying “freshblood hunt art competition” banner on my phone ? covers the left sidee of the pictures. realllly annoying !

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    Btw, i get that banner when i visit panda’s links

  • Magda Chuchla via Facebook

    Wow !!! Amazing !!!!!

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    Zy Paukste Sorry for the inconveniences. I’ve contacted the guys behind the competition to see what’s the problem. Luckily, the campaign is almost over and the ads will be gone soon. I hope you will still visit our site :)

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    thx panda, i will visit :) it would be nice if they added X (“close” button) to the frame so ppl would be able to close it.

  • Paulinewatters

    Wow! Absolutely incredible

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    Just totally great

Author:   Date posted: Jun 19th, 2012
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