Portugese street artist Bordalo II is bringing attention to the world’s issue of wastefulness and its effect on the environment, by creating massive vibrant animals out of trash.
Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other waste, Artur Bordalo, otherwise known as Bordalo II, has become famous for his depictions of animals — those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy.
The artist’s towering 3D murals of animals – featuring vibrant murals of frogs and foxes – are often found on the streets of Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon. Now Bordalo II is showcasing his works – including many smaller pieces on old doors, windowpanes and siding at the Attero exhibition in a Lisbon warehouse.
The Lisbon-born artist says: “I belong to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist and greedy. With the production of things at its highest, the production of ‘waste’ and unused objects is also at its highest. ‘Waste’ is quoted because of its abstract definition: ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. I create, recreate, assemble and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological and social awareness.”
Attero, which runs until 26 November, calls on people to reflect on their own consumption.
Attero curator, Lara Seixo Rodrigues, of nonprofit arts organisation Mistaker Maker, said: “Whether on a large or small scale, his unusual sculptural creations oblige us to question and rethink our own role as actors in this static, consumerist, and self-destructive society, which exploits, often in an abusive way, the resources that nature offers us.”
Attero runs through to November 26 at Rua de Xabregas 49, 1900-439 Beato, Lisbon. Entrance to the exhibition is free. For more information, click here
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea