If you take a stroll around Redwood City, California, you might get the sense that something isn't quite right. Pay particular attention to the shadows. Notice how they seem to misbehave? Flowers sprout from the shadows of bike racks, mailboxes turn into shadow monsters, and shady monkeys hang around atop parking meters. What's going on?


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Well, before you go running for the hills, don't worry, because they're actually the work of Damon Belanger, a graphic artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was commissioned to install 20 fake shadows in the downtown area of Redwood City in order to bring more creativity to the area, and as you can see, he's certainly succeeded in doing just that. “The shadows give regular mundane objects a lively spirit so people can have a little fun in their everyday life,” says the artist, who makes them by chalking stencils onto the sidewalk before painting them dark grey. Scroll down to see some of our favorites, and don't forget to vote for the best!

More info: Damon Belanger | Instagram (h/t: designyoutrust)

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John L 1 year ago

Look at all the happy faces. :D

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1 year ago

The Evil within ;p

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John L 1 year ago

Shucks! Did somebody got knocked off its perch" 🤔

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John L 1 year ago

I wonder how many adventurous souls are now using this mail drop? 🤔🤔

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Rob LeBlanc 1 year ago

Parking Monkey

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Kalene Ivey 1 year ago

Much more fun than the stick families stuck on minivan windows!

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Nancy E 1 year ago

and .....Away we go !

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Louie Carterino 1 year ago

Its got a Tim Burtonesque about it.

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Gay Abarbanell 1 year ago

Love this one.

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Rosa Kim 1 year ago

ooooOohh it's FRICKIN BOUNCING OFF THE POLES!!!!!!

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Rob LeBlanc 1 year ago

I don't think the camera angle was right with this one.

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Jean Blower 1 year ago

I like this one but there all good

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Manuel Esterrich 1 year ago

Ted Danson w crewcut?

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Bina Acharya 1 year ago

This is great :) whole new idea. nice work :)

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Jean Blower 1 year ago

Like this one too

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Louie Carterino 1 year ago

Soo rockin!!

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Jean Blower 1 year ago

A great artist at work

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Carolina Barrenechea Checa 1 year ago

So fun, great and ludic! Loved it! Congratulations to the artist Damon Belanger.

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