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Damon Belanger

Fake Shadow Street Art Is Confusing (and Amusing) California Residents

Damon Belanger
Damon Belanger

Damon Belanger’s street art isn’t meant to catch your eye from across the road. If you’re not paying attention, you could easily stride right past it without even noticing anything out of the ordinary. But if you look closely at your surroundings you’ll see that what appear to be shadows on the sidewalk aren’t always what they seem.

Belanger’s playful shadow art, recently spotlighted by designyoutrust, is brightening up pedestrian walkways around Redwood City, California. In one area, bike racks seems to cast shadows of dancing flowers. In another, the silhouette of a smiling monster extends from the bottom of a mailbox.

The deceiving artwork may look like the work of a prankster, but each image was painted with permission from the city. Redwood City officials commissioned the Bay Area-based artist for the project in an effort to promote creativity in the downtown district. He ended up designing 20 pieces that lurk in the shadows where you least expect it.

"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," Belanger said. "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?"

Check out some of the artist’s most impressive creations below.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

Playful shadow art painted on a sidewalk.

[h/t designyoutrust]

All images courtesy of Damon Belanger.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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