Portuguese Street Artist Bordalo II uses Art to raise the alarm of pollution and climate changes. To that end, he converts trash into Artworks and offers a bestiary that is both imaginative and original. One of his monumental creatures took place on a Parisian wall in the course of November 2017.
A Street Artist who is also an activist
Street Artist Bordallo II is named after his grand-father, Bordalo first who also was a painter. His story started with graffiti, “the real one” like he says. In fact, it is illegally that the Artist first unfolded his visual statement. As a result, growing up, he decided to get his inspiration from tools and techniques he would acquire in the streets. He self identifies as an “Activist Artist” and admires his colleagues from Street Art such as SpY, Farewell, Dran etc. Lisbon has a special place in his work but his inspiration is multi-faceted.
A bestiary original and monumental
It is the series “Big Trash Animals that made Artist Bordalo II his name. Effectively, through the recycling of trash found in the streets, the Artist assembles damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires among other abandoned objects to create gigantic animals in 3 dimensions. As a result, recycled objects become details that one can only see when getting closer to the Artwork. His animals look like creatures from Frankenstein and poetically denounce pollution. Also, the Artist criticizes waste and consumerism. Consequently, the idea is to represent nature through animals but with objects that kill them daily. On that note, he just finished in November 2017 a giant beaver on a wall of Paris’ 13th district.
Street Art as a way of denouncing
Bordalo II is on a thin border of the original definition of Street Art that is to say spontaneous and wild, and the one that is institutionalized and defined. Consequently, it arouses a unique force that questions people and invites them to redefine their relationship to the world. Effectively, the Artist stated: “they [the Big Trash Animals] denounce what kills them: pollution, plastic trash. Beyond aestheticism, I really wish to get people’s attention to focus on environmental issues. The street is a relevant place to do so, even though it forces me to deploy a very quick and direct message. This is the reason why my Artworks encourage people to get closer. When they see the material, they can later on understand the meaning.”
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