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Incredible Shadow Art Cast Through Iron Sculptures

At first glance, Greek artist Tedosio Sectio Aurea's iron sculptures might seem pretty ordinary. However, when lit from the precise angle, the sculptures spring to life with shadows that reveal a whole new form. Above, a bouquet of colorful metal flowers casts a shadow of a woman holding leaves, while another sculpture features an interconnected set of 350 small, metallic balls that casts a shadow of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous sketch Viturvian Man.

The intention of Auera's work is to philosophically connect it to its original source material. He believes that Da Vinci's Viturvian Man is a symbol of the symmetry of the human body. To illustrate this concept, Auera chose to replicate DNA structure by virtue of his chosen material.

Auera's keen understanding of light and shadow delights the viewer on both the wall and in 3D. Many of his iron sculptures are beautiful in their own right, and tell a story through tiny details held within. Once a shadow is cast, however, the viewer gains a deeper understanding of his forms. The rigidity of the iron brings their shadows to life.

Tedosio Sectio Aurea's website
[Via Amusing Planet]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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