Illusion Typography: Object Shadows Create Sentences

When artist Fred Eerdekens sees objects, he doesn’t just observe their form, but also the form which they can create. His highly unique sculptures use everyday objects like cereal boxes, bits of wire and even bushes, to make carefully planned and arranged forms which shadow cast sentences on the walls around them.


Because the sculptures only reveal their secret when bathed in light from the perfect angle, only gallery viewers, able to walk around the pieces, are treated to a clear understanding of how the sculptures are formed, trimmed or arranged to cast their unique sentences and rhymes. What these images do reveal however, is the appropriate way the shadows take on the essence of the materials used to create them. Fonts with the feel of clouds, leaves or even boxes take shape, each with their own emotional feel.

To get a virtual walk-around of one of Eerdekens wire pieces, revealing how it looks from different angles, see the short video at the bottom of this post. You can find more images of the Belgian artists work at


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