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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
1.4x1.8m

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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:icondreamofwaking:
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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:iconchuwagi:
chuwagi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
INSPIRATIONAL .
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:iconrationalgaze8a:
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
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
thank u lots! :D
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:iconaraujaphoto:
AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool job :) *
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
ty! :D
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:icongreen-gun:
green-gun Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
beautiful. i wish i had something better to say but lack of words
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
haha np, thanks lots!
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:iconkismet3135:
kismet3135 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Photographer
thisis amazing.
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
:highfive:
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:iconmaraqua:
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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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
its not exactly 'painted' since its a collage of stickers, but thanks! it was a great project to work on :D
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:iconmaraqua:
Maraqua Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still awesome! :D
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:iconhummingvoids:
hummingvoids Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooo crazy!!!
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
tyy
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:iconjazzkiker:
jazzkiker Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
This is Hilariouuuuus.
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
hahaha what??
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:iconknow-the-ropes:
Know-The-Ropes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is so beautifully done. And with so few colors to display your thoughts it makes it even more amazing. Your written comment makes it all the more wonderful.
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
:dummy: thank you lots!
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:iconsurfender:
surfender Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
this is unbelievable! good job
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
ty! :D
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:iconblackmariner:
blackmariner Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
u srsly cut out every little bit of vinvyl?
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
i love my scissors, what can i say? HAHA
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:iconblackmariner:
blackmariner Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
how long did you take sia
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
i think abt 3 weeks worth of work over 2 months :P
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:iconblackmariner:
blackmariner Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
tts a lot of work @_@
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:iconcomplexis:
complexis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous and wonderful; the process you've chosen is also a tribute, it would seem, to the workers you portray.
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
glad you think so! thank you!
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:iconaraujaphoto:
AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job ^^)
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
thanks :):)
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:iconaraujaphoto:
AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome ^^
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:icongainsays:
gainsays Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this, it really captures the daily life of people in construction
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
thank you! :D glad to hear!
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:iconjabbercrow:
Jabbercrow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I totally agree with everything DreamOfWaking said, an amazing piece of which I can't even begin to comprehend the time and effort taken on such a huge a fantastic piece!
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
:D it really didnt seem THAT crazy.. but i wouldn't be rushing to do another similar piece anytime soon :lol:
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:iconfuzzyyak:
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Woooooow! What an AMAZING piece of work! I absolutely LOVE the colors and the technique/look of it. AWESOME work!
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
thank you fellow fuzzy animal! :lmao: wheee :D:D
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:iconfuzzyyak:
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
*fuzzy waveTM* :D
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:iconzaph-chan:
Zaph-chan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
really wonder job!!! O____O
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
:dummy:
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:iconikedafan:
IKEDAFAN Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Holy smoke!

I am glad , You faved my humble pic, so I could get to know you!

I'll keep my eye on You,
Greetings,

Sachiko
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
thank u so much! and ur welcome :boogie:
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:iconwolfen-graphix:
wolfen-graphix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010   General Artist
waw! Great job, very talented!
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
ty!
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:iconmyartself:
MyArtself Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work, intresting idea! it looks perfact! :aww:
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
wow, thanks! :D
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:iconlilith-the-5th:
Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow,this is so cool!*__* i love the colours you used and the composition! i'd never have so much patience to do all this work D: the details are so well done:love:
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:iconfuzzyzebra:
fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
ty!
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:iconlilith-the-5th:
Lilith-the-5th Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you're very welcome!:hug:
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:iconrichardtherough:
RichardTheRough Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great piece like the other similar one you have made.
Featured also here [link]
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elektrozelle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Whoah, okay.

Hands down, I'm going to be blunt honest here: This is about the coolest thing I have ever seen. To have patience working with such a huge canvas to make such a wonderful, finished piece is beyond awesome. And with ALL those vinyl stickers? Holy shit my friend, seriously, this is seriously something to be proud of. I would pretty much want this hanging on an office wall. If I could, I'd by this on impulse.

Wonderful work.
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July 31, 2010
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Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300S
Shutter Speed
10/2000 second
Aperture
F/7.1
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 4, 2010, 10:17:07 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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