Some of the coolest art you’ll ever see, by Dutch artist Diet Wiegman

Diet Wiegman is a Dutch artist who creates ingenious shadow and light sculptures from trash.

Basically, his sculptures look like modern art – then you shine a light on them, and the shadow that’s thrown on the wall behind the sculpture might look like Michelangelo’s David, or the Venus de Milo.

I’ve received permission to publish a number of photos of Diet Wiegman’s work, which I’ve included in the gallery below.  Beneath each photo you’ll find the “next” button to browse through all of them.  And below that, I’ve also posted some more background on Diet Wiegman.

To give you a sense of Wiegman’s work, I’ve also included a video below the gallery that shows one of his pieces in motion, so you can see how the shadow changes as the work rotates.

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Now for the video.  It’s quite interesting.  First, you see Wiegman’s work lit up normally.  Then you see the shadow the work projects on the wall.  Then, as the work of art rotates, you notice the shadow changing, until finally, it becomes someone famous.  Here are some screen shots of the video, then the video itself.


First, the piece of art lit up normally.  (All images ©The Diet Wiegman Archive 1965-2013)


Same sculpture, lights off. (All images ©The Diet Wiegman Archive 1965-2013)


As the sculpture starts to rotate, the shadow slowly begins to form a person. (All images ©The Diet Wiegman Archive 1965-2013)


Now it is definitely becoming a person. (All images ©The Diet Wiegman Archive 1965-2013)


It’s Michael Jackson. (All images ©The Diet Wiegman Archive 1965-2013)

And here’s the actual video.

More on Diet Wiegman:

Dutch artist Diet Wiegman (1944) is referred to as the ‘art omnivore’. He has a very comprehensive oeuvre and works very multidisciplinary. Both conceptually and visually intriguing. As a ceramist Wiegman acquired fame in the late sixties. Rusted cans and military bags made from clay could not be distinguished from real. Like artists Piero Manzoni, Yayoi Kusama and later Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wiegman was represented by renowned gallery Delta in The Netherlands.

Even though Wiegman leaves little discipline and medium untouched, his international breakthrough was caused by his ingenious shadow and light sculptures where for example, by illuminating a pile of waste a contrasting image would appear on the wall. ‘When trash becomes ideal beauty’. He later amazed people with his sculptures when he integrated shattered glass and mirror reflection to his shadow art concept.

Wiegman is seen as a pioneer in this field and his work is often copied throughout the years. During an interview in the seventies he laconically said: ‘I did not invent the phenomenon shadow, I just make holes in the light’. Wiegman reflects his vision of looking at seemingly general objects in a totally different way and likes inspire people along the way. Even making people appreciate trash.

Also, his light sculptures produce more than just a shadow. Behind each work lies a concept. The work of Wiegman often plays with clichés, distortion, and contradiction. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes downplaying its seriousness, but mostly giving it a wink.

In 2008 ‘Anagram’ was released. An award-winning documentary by director Mike Redman that highlights Wiegman’s work and vision. Since Wiegman rarely speaks about his own art it is a documentary without words that tells its own expressive story through the art of Wiegman. Wiegman’s career spans over more than fifty years of making contemporary sculptures, paintings, shadow art, and he shows no signs of slowing down. His art is owned by museums and private collections around the world.

You can see more of Diet Wiegman’s works here.

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7 Responses to “Some of the coolest art you’ll ever see, by Dutch artist Diet Wiegman”

  1. cole3244 says:

    don’t let the cons see this they will scream it is a conspiracy to drive children into the darkness of gayness and alternative lifestyles, oh the horror of it all.

  2. emjayay says:

    This stuff reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy’s work, without the environemtal concerns and depth. Merely clever and superficial.

  3. You’re right, I read somewhere else about him having a michael jackson, but didn’t see it in that one, must be

  4. Zorba says:

    Yup, I thought the same thing!

  5. citizen_spot says:

    That is crazy cool!

  6. Just_AC says:

    To me, that one picture of :Shadow Dancing” is not a woman, but Michael Jackson!

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