Arturo Bordalo II’s amazing animal street art made from trash on Lisbon’s streets.

This Street Artist Turns Old Tires and Busted Appliances Into Stunning Animal Sculptures

This Street Artist Turns Old Tires and Busted Appliances Into Stunning Animal Sculptures

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
June 1 2015 12:39 PM

This Portuguese Street Artist Turns Old Tires and Busted Appliances Into Stunning Animal Sculptures

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Lisbon, Portugal–based artist Arturo Bordalo turns trash into jaw-dropping 3-D street art.

Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

Street art has become such familiar urban wallpaper in cities that it’s sometimes easy to bypass without much of a second thought. But these striking street sculptures from Lisbon, Portugal–based Artur Bordalo (who goes by the name Bordalo II) are impossible to ignore.

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Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

Bordalo’s latest street art series is beautifully rendered, larger-than-life 3-D animal sculptures made mostly from trash and other found waste materials from abandoned factories or companies in the process of recycling.

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Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

The painted sculptures have an appealing storybook quality when viewed as solid objects, but a closer look tells a darker story when you realize those birds, fish, rabbits, and raccoons are made from damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, old tires, busted appliances, and other man-made detritus.

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Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

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“The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, out of materials that are responsible for its destruction,” Bordalo told me in an email, adding that he hoped to raise the collective eco-consciousness about the impact of our wasteful habits on the planet with his art.

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Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

Check out more amazing street art from Bordalo on Instagram.

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Courtesy of Arturo Bordalo

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.