Be sure to look down the next time you’re in Redwood City.
Everything is just a little bit more whimsical in this Northern California town. Flowers spring from bike racks. Black cats appear from street benches. Strange monsters stoop from mailboxes.
Okay, not literally, but you might see these quirky shapes if you stroll around Redwood City. Just be sure to look down.
San Francisco Bay Area-based graphic artist, Damon Belanger, was commissioned by the city to create 23 fake shadows in downtown to show the creativity of the area. Belanger’s shadows take the form of flora, fauna, and everything in between.
“The shadows give regular, mundane objects a lively spirit so people can have a little fun in their everyday life,” Belanger told the San Mateo Daily Journal.
To make these shadows, Belanger first made a chalk outline of the character, even borrowing the actual shadow of the object to get the shape just right. Then, once the chalk outline was complete, he painted the object in gray paint.
“The theme of the project is cartoons, robots, and whimsical creatures,” Belanger told SFGate.com.
The installment spreads out all over downtown, ranging from the Caltrain station to the San Mateo County History Museum.
The Redwood City Improvement Association donated $30,000 to the city and partnered with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, the Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation, and the Partnership Redwood City Program to bring it to life, according to Design You Trust.