BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA
Artur Bordalo is a Portuguese street artist who began to keenly observe the way humans recklessly dispose of their garbage. He looked at the bald tires and tattered furniture that was littered around the neighbourhood alleys and began to wonder why people tend to shy away from repurposing perfectly useable materials.
People don’t seem to care, or all too easily forget, that their disposable lifestyle has a vast affect on the planet.
He decided to use his artwork to draw attention to this issue of waste production by depicting nature itself. He builds animals out of the very materials that are responsible for their destruction; the majority of the materials are found in wastelands, abandoned factories or from recycling companies.
Burnt garbage cans, rusty appliances, and dented bumpers are just some of the objects that can be identified when his artwork is closely inspected. The point is you have to focus your eye to find the camouflaging junk that is purely a result of our bad habits. His work aims to spread social awareness about humanity’s most forgotten ecological mess.