‘Big Trash Animals’ Bordalo II, Waste not, Want not…

Bordalo II, from Lisbon, is hitting the worlds streets with a big message and a lot of great art to add! Bordalo is an urban artist who uses trash as his medium and recycles this into eye-catching and mind-blowing unique street art. Bordalo reuses old car bumpers, worn down rubber tyres, thrown away plastics and transforms them into exceptional 3-D mural portraits of animals.

His ‘Big Trash Animal’ series, which is an on going success, depicts animals all over the globe and utilises the very rubbish we are carelessly chucking away… the very wastage that is sabotaging these innocent animals environment. We are in a ‘one use’ culture, use and throw away, Bordalo is using his art to convey the message that we need to be thoughtful and resourceful with waste. It has a much bigger impact on the environment than an aesthetic problem.

“It’s part of the concept of my work, and my work in general, to use found trash from the streets, the fruits of excessive consumerism/capitalism.” Bordalo II

Fancy some facts;

  • Over 80% of items buried in landfills could be recycled instead.
  • The main human contributor to environmental pollution are landfills.
  • Recycling half the world’s paper would free 20 million acres of forest land and its inhabitants.
  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.

We need to clean up our act and Bordalo is spreading that message around the globe. Bordalo uses trash found within an area to create his artwork, this way the trash and the overall design directly connects together to the city it comes from. He has given natures inhabitants a voice… and that voice is loud!

Check out the works below from this man on a mission, to educate and highlight the issues of waste as a local and global problem. 

Bordalo’s series of artwork aims to draw attention to the problems of waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet, and like this massive spider in his web, Bordalo has certainly caught our attention!

We are proud to confirm Bordalo II was among the eleven talented street artists at our GraffitiStreet Underground group show on 2nd July 2015. For the Underground event, Bordalo appropriately made a four metre London Rat out of the trash on London’s streets. For more images check out the build up to the show here.

Want to own a piece of art made by Bordalo II? 


Bordalo II has hand-lovingly made us some mixed media assemblages which are exclusively available via the GraffitiStreet Store.



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