Portuguese Artist Makes Beauty Out of Trash

We’ve all heard that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. That saying takes on a new meaning when we see the world through the eyes of the artist featured in this article. This talented guy known as Bordalo II from Lisbon creates, recreates and develops ideas with the things and objects we throw away every day. He tries to assemble it into ecological and social awareness in people’s minds. 

Since 2011, Bordalo II has been working to make recycled materials into sculptures, often incorporating mechanical elements and instead of heading to the art supply store he just collects common trash and turns it into amazing works of art. His materials come from city dumps, such as the working parts of toys and clocks, damaged bumpers, burned tires and scrap iron. 

Big Trash Animals is his compilation of large-scale sculptures who depict animals made out of recycled materials. Through portraying them, Bordalo II draws attention to the problem of waste and pollution made from the materials that are responsible for the destruction on the planet.  

“My idea is to depict nature itself, in this case, animals, out of materials that are responsible for its destruction.” 

Take a look at this artistic piece of work. 

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