We’ve come across several of street artist Isaac Cordal’s intriguing tiny, lost figures, which we are clearly fans of, but we’re pleased to discover another side to the multifaceted artist that tackles shadow art and combines it with his mastery of sculpting. The Brussels-based Spanish artist took to the streets of London for this project called Cement Bleak that utilizes an ordinary kitchen tool. His medium of choice? A strainer.
Cordal manipulates metallic colanders to look like three-dimensional faces popping out. The expert application of his sculpting method is made evident in the illusionary and rather sculptural shadows produced. Using street lamps as his main source of illumination, the light seeps through the perforated structure held up by its handle, which is propped up in the cracks of the pavement, and shines down on the adjacent ground.
The two-step process produces two levels of art that are each appealing in their own right. The strainers, themselves, are so finely formed that it almost seems like people simply stuck their heads into them and kneaded the metal in to conform to their faces. The structure’s silhouette exhibits an equally life-like impression.