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Amazing shadow sculptures

Oct 20, 2010 By Abraham

Some work by Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens:



  1. timotheos says:

    (and i agree with emily – making art takes time. if you don’t understand that then you don’t understand art.)

  2. Chris says:

    I’m very impressed with the regularity of the writing in the first one. Look at all the ‘r’s, they’re almost exactly the same. Very well done.

  3. Daniel Kirk says:

    I understand great art takes time. Just taking a lot of time doesn’t make art, or anything else, great. I spent a lot of time doodling in my notebooks when I was bored in school. But I knew my doodles weren’t great, and didn’t expect anyone else to be interested in them. If by saying, “if you don’t understand that then you don’t understand art,” you meant this is great art, you’re defining great art as whatever you like, and bad or mediocre art as whatever you don’t like. I could just as easily say, “If you like this, you don’t understand art, no matter how much you’ve studied, and how many degrees you hold.”

    If you want to convince people this is great, tell them what you like about it, instead of insulting them.

    “Too much time on his hands” is just another way of saying, “I don’t find value in what he contributed.” Yeah, I thought that was pretty straightforward. If you want to convince me that it has value, tell me what you like about it rather than “finding” “hidden meanings” that were obvious to the rest of us. Just because we have different tastes doesn’t mean we’re stupid.

    1. KP says:

      No, not stupid, just dismissive. :)

      For one thing, I love how each of these pieces is a pair of pieces, one abstractly beautiful/interesting and one meaningfully literal. And I think it’s great that its the abstract piece that’s made of workable materials and it’s the literal message that appears as a result out of thin air.

      And to to point of “too much time” on the artist’s hands, I’m inclined to pay attention to and give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who uses his/her time to make something fascinating or beautiful that wasn’t there before. I think that’s why Mark’s initial comment struck me as ungenerous.


      1. timotheos says:

        i agree with kp. there’s no reason to be dismissive of someone’s creativity just because one thinks this work is the equivalent of notebook doodles. (by the way, some people’s doodles are incredible.)

        one thing that i really like about each of these pieces is that none of them are just random squiggles (although random squiggles can also be beautiful). they may look random, but to get the effect of each word it took a lot of planning. you can’t just arrange cereal boxes randomly and end up with “come home” unless you plan and try and experiment. to me, that makes it worthwhile – and beautiful. and how much careful planning went into making the piece that reads both “ego” and “god” depending on how the light hits it? i think that’s genius!

        each of these pieces is beautiful. and chris (comment #11) also makes a good point about the regularity of the writing. that’s not easy to achieve.

        good art is not only what’s been painted on a canvas a hundred years ago, or chiseled out of marble a thousand years ago. good art is the result of imagination, creativity, effort.

  4. timotheos says:

    i think i also need to clarify my statement about understanding art.

    the artwork featured here was created by belgian artist fred eerdekens – it says so clearly at the top of the entry, which mark’s comment makes obvious he did not read, since he refers to “his/her hands.” perhaps, instead of being so dismissive, mark and daniel could have done the tiniest bit of research into eerdekens, who has his own website http://www.fred-eerdekens.be/

    an artist takes time to create their work. that’s what an artist does. this seems so simple, yet i wonder why that concept appears to elude some people. would you watch your favourite band/singer performing on stage and comment, “they obviously have too much time on their hands”? or would you say, “oh, too much time on his/her hands” when you watch an athlete on the field? is the first thought you have when watching a film or tv show, “those actors have too much time on their hands”? if you answer yes to all of these, then at least you’re consistent. but if you realise how ridiculous that sounds, then you should also be able to see that an artist takes the time to be creative, whether or not s/he has “too much time.”

    here’s more info about fred:



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