Shadow Nature, Shadow Art

Patterns we think validate systems and so believe are true because they feel true

“To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.”
― Plato, The Republic

Shadow Art is a unique form of sculptural art where 2D shadows that seem to be real objects are cast by a true object this is factually a chaotic 3D sculpture.

Early in my life, during the 1970s, I was exposed, without introductory bias, to the works of Diet Wiegman who made the most mysterious sculptures of shadow and light by illuminating piles of trash seemingly scattered and piled up at random. The resulting shadows were improbably detailed, clearly recognizable people, places, and things.

My mind then made a connection between things that appear to be true to common sense but nevertheless are demonstrably untrue by way of reason and preponderance of the evidence.

A more satisfying and practical thought experiment than  Plato’s Forms, vis-à-vis Allegory of the Cave.

Though I do enjoy imagining Quantum Physics as an ironic validation of Plato’s Allegory.

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