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60.5 Shadow Projection Threequel – Winners Announced

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 by in Magnet Limit, No Limit, Results Posted

1st Place: Vivien

1st Place Vivien

“Zödel, Escher, Nach.” was inspired by the cover of a 1979 book by Douglas Hofstadter which portrays the letters G E B. Vivien undertook the challenge of recreating this photo, changing the shadow letters to Z E N, and figuring out how to light it. On top of that, a shape constructed of magnets that could achieve the desired shadows. To light it, Vivien had this to say,”I had to improvise a glass table, to find three working lamps in my house and to borrow an extra arm.” Quite a feat. All that hard work paid off, and Vivien receives $100 in Zen Credits.



2nd Place: DBOI


“I had a hard time figuring out what to do. Then I had an idea. A light bulb!” DBOI’s light bulb is made of 216 magnets and lit from within, projecting abstract shadows. This entry earns DBOI $65 in Zen Credits.


3rd Place: KLAW


KLAW takes 3rd place with a design “inspired by snowflakes and dream catchers.”  The magnets were lit from above, and shot from below a glass table top, giving a silhouetted shadow. We also see a honeycomb texture from the glass used. KLAW receives $35 in Zen Credits for the snowflake entry.


4th Place: tend2it


tend2it’s “Potato Chip Shadowing” submission is a collaboration with his son, who discovered this potato chip shape constructed of 6-ball triangles way back in 2011. Each potato chip is formed with 8 triangle subunits, which is how they achieve the curved, saddle shape. “I noticed that it had great shadow projection properties so it would showcase nicely for a shadow contest.” Arming himself with a multi-color LED flashlight, tend2it snapped this pic. He receives $25 in Zen Credits for 4th place.


5th Place: Aidan Toonen


Aidan’s submission is evidence of a mistake gone right. Setting out to photograph a hexagon shadow, he instead found sacred geometry. “I used the wrong light, it had 20+ led’s in a circle and it created the flower of life.” Be sure to check the full size image on this one, and Aidan’s instagram for fun Neoballs builds. This photo earned him $15 in Zen Credits.



Also, check out gallery member aidan222’s lost submission, which disappeared in the vast emptiness of the internet, so no one had a chance to vote on it.

If you haven’t already, click on the images to check out the original size. And keep in mind that contests held here are independent of the Zen Gallery. Magnet sculptors can always submit photos to to win magnets as well.

Spectators, keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, because you choose the winners.

Contest Winners, we’ll email you your prizes soon.



We had a whopping 5 entries for the Shadow Projection contest, which are great odds for all participants. The goal was to photograph a shadow cast by magnets. The magnet themselves did not necessarily need to be visible. Click the images below for full res goodness.



1st place gets $100 in Zen Credits, the rest will be announced with the winners.

Judges, remember that this contest is a photography contest just as much as it is a magnet sculpture contest, overall aesthetic does matter. Voting deadline is 11/6.

Vote in this google form for your top 3: