‘RAT’ made from London trash into ‘ART’ …Bordalo II

Bordalo II, born in Lisbon in 1987, is hitting the worlds streets with a big message and a lot of great art to add! Bordalo aka Bordalo II grew up watching his grandfather, Real Bordalo, painting the city of Lisbon in watercolour, and spent his other time dedicated to his graffiti. Gradually Bordalo II shaped and developed his creative skills into the artwork he produces today. He has followed his grandfathers footsteps and has now taken over the streets of Lisbon, and other cities with his unique 3D artwork.

Bordalo II is an urban artist who uses trash as his medium and recycles this into eye-catching and mind-blowing unique street art. For his ‘Big Trash Animal’ series Bordalo reuses old car bumpers, worn down rubber tyres, thrown away plastics and transforms them into exceptional 3-D mural portraits of animals. Bordalo II 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. Here are a few images from his ‘Big Trash Animals’ series. More can be found here.

Bordalo II had certainly caught our attention so we invited the talented artist over to the London studio to create a ‘Big Trash Animal’ for our ‘Underground Group Show’ in Shoreditch on 2nd July 2015. Bordalo II certainly delivered with this massive four metre high Trash Rat. Trash was collected in East London, including car bumpers, bike helmets, a sofa chair, empty fire extinguisher and many plastics. Bordalo II likes to use 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.

Bordalo II got straight to work with his trusty assistant James T and it was a pleasure to watch this artist create one of his ‘Big Trash Animals’ right before our eyes.

Don’t worry GraffitiStreet and Bordalo II will leave a ‘Big Trash Animal’ on the streets of East London very soon. Check back at a later date to see what animal he decides to do!

A special thank you to the skilful James Taylor for assisting Bordalo II with this project and more.

For artwork produced by Bordalo II for the ‘Underground group show’ which also tells a story using trash, can be found here and the full PDF of all the exhibitions work can be found here. The london Trash Rat is also available please contact Rosh@graffitistreet.com for more information.




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