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Apr 18 2014

Shadow Art in Xanthi

I’ve been doing Foto Fridays for quite a while now and the reason why I started it was to highlight or showcase something from my travels that I find interesting, amusing etc.

This week’s Foto Friday comes from my recent trip to Xanthi in Northern Greece.  While I was there, I visited the old town and one of the things that was of particular interest was the House of Shadow. Let me explain. The House of Shadow is full of shadow art, which are sculptures made from recycled material.  That’s only part of the story because if you look at the sculptures, they don’t look like anything.  Adding light in the right place suddenly brings the sculptures to life and produces images that are recognisable, like these ones in the photograph.


These two sculptures, for example, are side by side but, because of the way the light is placed, the shadows are reflected on different walls.  These shadows, as you can probably tell, are a foetus and an elderly man, which symbolise the beginning and end of life.  To think up and actually produce these effects is so clever and very skillful.  Other shadows that are instantly recognsible from the sculptures and light include Marilyn Monroe, Einstein, and John Lennon.  I tweeted about it that evening because I was so impressed by the shadow art I had seen.

Even if you are only in Xanthi for a short time, I would highly recommend visiting the House of Shadow.  It’s an unusual spin on sculpting, which I found fascinating.


As I mentioned earlier, the House of Shadow is located in the old town of Xanthi.  The map shows you roughly where it is…

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Have you seen anything like this?  What other interesting artwork have you seen?

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