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?

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
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2 years ago

Look at all the happy faces. :D

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2 years ago

The Evil within ;p

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Baguettes R People 2
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2 years ago

I love these two

Madalena Isabel
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2 years ago

Me too

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lovealways<3
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2 years ago

This is just too cool!

Manuel Esterrich
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2 years ago

Pussy bench

Bored Monkei
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2 years ago

Is it normal to put the bench there? Not too close to the parking space?

Daria B
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2 years ago

Ah, sorry, misread your comment, ignore the "people need a rest" part. Still, it's pretty normal.

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Steffen Beth
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2 years ago

Love them, but where are the real shadows?

Bella smith
Community Member
2 years ago

So cool

Elijah Flood
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2 months ago

These are nice.

Dana Melody
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4 months ago

Love the cat shadow

Larry Cris
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2 years ago

is that a dog

Pattie Kelly
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2 years ago

OK Hennessy be nice don't bite anyone who sits here.

Becky Bernard
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2 years ago

Love the bench.

Susan Gardner
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2 years ago

That a beautiful and very clean lil community. Love it

Fiona Thomas
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2 years ago

💕 wonderfully done

Teresa O'Connor
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2 years ago

I..think...these..are..great

Marysia Jawłowska
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2 years ago

Where are the real shadows?

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John L
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2 years ago

Shucks! Did somebody got knocked off its perch" 🤔

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John L
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2 years ago

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

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Rob LeBlanc
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2 years ago

Parking Monkey

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Kalene Ivey
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2 years ago

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

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Nancy E
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2 years ago

and .....Away we go !

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Louie Carterino
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2 years ago

Its got a Tim Burtonesque about it.

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Gay Abarbanell
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2 years ago

Love this one.

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Rosa Kim
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2 years ago

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

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Rob LeBlanc
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2 years ago

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

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Jean Blower
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2 years ago

I like this one but there all good

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Manuel Esterrich
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2 years ago

Ted Danson w crewcut?

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Bina Acharya
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2 years ago

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

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Jean Blower
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2 years ago

Like this one too

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Louie Carterino
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2 years ago

Soo rockin!!

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Jean Blower
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2 years ago

A great artist at work

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Carolina Barrenechea Checa
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2 years ago

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

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