Amazing Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates amazing shadow art by using a single light source positioned at just the right angle to illuminate a variety of objects placed strategically, so that their combined shadow looks like a person. The artists uses wooden blocks, aluminum numbers and sometimes just a single piece of creased Japanese paper, wrinkled fabric or sculpted wood to create the incredible effect.

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VEIL – 2013
Light, fabric, shadow
Temporary installation at Villa Olmo, Como Italy

ORIGAMI – 2011
Creased Japanese paper, single light source, shadow
Commissioned by American Express, New York City USA

A TO Z – 2011
Carved wood, single light source, shadow

CHAIR – 2010
Carved wood, single light source, shadow

AKARI – 2009
Sculpted wood, single light source, shadow
Perfe Takiyama Maternity Clinic, Tokyo, Japan

FRAGMENTS – 2009
Cast resin, single light source, shadow
Permanent Collection of New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe USA

PATHWAY – 2008
Aluminum with cut-outs, single light source, shadow
Commissioned by Seattle City Light, Washington USA

FEATHER – 2006
Sculpted wood, single light source, shadow
Commissioned by Akiru Municipal Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan

CITY VIEW – 2003
Aluminum numbers, single light source, shadow
Commissioned by Namba Parks Tower, Osaka Japan

QUESTION MARK – 2003
Stainless steel, single light source, shadow
Commissioned by Namba Parks Tower, Osaka Japan

LOVERS – 1999
Cut aluminum plate, single light source, shadow

BUILDING BLOCKS – 1997
Wood, single light source, shadow
Collection of Boise Art Museum, Idaho USA

PROFILE – 1994
Wood, single light source, shadow
Microsoft Art Collection, Washington USA

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