Who is itBordalo II?
The Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (1987), known asBordalo II,became famous for using street litter to create stunning animal sculptures, with the purpose of warning people about pollution and all kinds of endangered species. From street art he developed his practice, evolving into what is now considered «trash art». The passion for painting dates back to childhood, whenspent hours on end watching his grandfather paint in his studio and also due to the underworld of the city of Lisbon - strongly influenced at the time by graffiti practices. He began spray-painting walls in the streets at the age of 11, with the stage nameBordalo II, honoring and highlighting the artistic legacy of his grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017). In the painting course at the Academia de Belas Artes in Lisbon, he discovered sculpture, ceramics and began experimenting with the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created around two hundred animal sculptures using more than 60 tons of recycled materials. The once-abandoned objects - the plates, the tires, the doors - in the hands ofBordalo IIacquire an aesthetic and communicative function, in the form of animals. The Portuguese artist wants to represent in his works an image of nature, based on what destroys them - garbage, waste and pollution, clearly expressing a critique of consumerism and offering a sustainable solution. Its installations “Big Trash Animals”, dispersed throughout the world - public or museum - shout about the need for socio-ecological sustainability. On the streets of his hometown, a series of works, ”Provocative” and “Train Tracks”, interact with urban fabric and furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and constraints. These small, ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing diverse themes, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others. Find here the location of the sculptures ofBordalo II.
1.Big Trash Snails at Monte da Fonte Santa, 2017
2.Octopus in Costa da Caparica, 2016
3. Half Owl Stretched Sock in Coimbra, 2022
4.Half Stork in Oliveira do Bairro, 2019
5.Half Young Owl in Lisbon, 2018
6.Half Fox in Landfill, Lisbon, 2017
7.Trash Head Donkey de Montijo, 2017
8.Half Chimp in Lisbon, 2017
9. Half Rabbit in Gaia, 2017
10.Iberian Lynx in Lisbon, 2019
11.Plastic Jellyfishes in Barreiro, 2018
12. Plastic Rhino in Aterro, Lisbon, 2017
13. Frog in Landfill, 2017