Bordalo II swims with Trash Sharks for Onou Tahiti, 2019

Bordalo II returned to the island of Tahiti to add to his ‘Big Trash Animal’ series, and created numerous trash animals related to the ocean, which included the Half Sea Turtle, Half Hammerhead Shark and floating Trash shark.

“The ocean’s most dangerous predator, not the sharks of course, but the trash.” Bordalo II

Bordalo’s Trash Animals are made out of discarded and recycled materials bringing much needed awareness to waste production and pollution, and its effect on the planet, inspiring behavioural change.

Experts think that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish in the ocean. All animals, whether they live on land or in the sea, can be hurt/killed by plastic.

Bordalo created a ‘Trash Shark’ and swam next to the plastic animal in the Pacific ocean. This fantastic shot was captured by Selina miles, a self-taught director and editor from Sydney who specialises in the documentation of urban art. 

Photo Credit Selina Miles



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