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Shadow Puppets by fuzzyzebra Shadow Puppets by fuzzyzebra
Construction workers are invisible. They are unseen entities, amassed across the city and put to work in anonymous drones, only to leave completed structures as proof of their transient existence.

Under the high-handed instruction of overseers and supervisors, they engage in brutal toil in uncompassionate environments with hard corners and sharp edges. Construction workers are used and controlled by the city as though marionettes, but no audience will take notice. Locals have become so accustomed to the presence of these labourers that they merely appear as street furniture and fade into the shadows. This apathy towards them, despite their indispensability to the city’s expansion, presents an intriguing art element.

Every megastructure is pieced together by hand, brick by brick and bolt by bolt, and it is this that inspires the use of collage. The accessibility of such a direct and literal cut-and-paste method also bears similarity to the seemingly uncomplicated, menial tasks of these blue-collar workers. Vinyl as a synthetic material also makes an apt reference to construction being a process dealing with fabrication and manufacture.

To escape the chaos of urban life, it is easy to slip into living with passive eyes that disregard the individuals around us - but we shall open them once again and hopefully embrace their presence through art.

Shadow Puppets
Vinyl sticker collage on woodboard

12 colours of vinyl sticker-sheets used, cut into tiny little bits and manipulated into the final image. You can see the edges of the individual sticker pieces if you look hard enough at the detail shots. A super tiring process, but really satisfying results!

a previous work using similar medium and process:

and the accompanying WIP, which shows how the vinyl collage is built up:
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This is incredible. Absolutely incredible. I can't even imagine the patience it took in creating this piece. The detail is absolutely exquisite. Originally I thought it was a photograph that you had edited and enhanced the colours of.

I love that you chose to focus on construction workers, and not just them, but the hard work they do. The responsibility they have. And I love how your work on this piece echoes the work of the construction workers, "pieced together by hand, brick by brick and bolt by bolt." It is truly a love letter, an ode to construction workers.

I am in complete awe of you talent, technique and overall skill.
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chuwagi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
rationalgaze8A Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cant even express how much I love this!! :O
Amazing job I love the color scheme its just all around amazing excellent work
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
thank u lots! :D
AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool job :) *
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
ty! :D
green-gun Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
beautiful. i wish i had something better to say but lack of words
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
haha np, thanks lots!
kismet3135 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Photographer
thisis amazing.
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Maraqua Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the intensity of the colors that you used. Beautiful!

You seem like a construction worker yourself, painting this with such time! LOVE IT! :)
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