That’s the motto for Bordallo II art. Lisbon’s born artist uses trash and waste to create creatures on city walls and public spaces.
Big trash animals
Trash Animals is a series of artworks that aims to draw attention to a current problem that is likely to be forgotten, become trivial or a necessary evil. The problem involves waste production, materials that are not reused, pollution and its effect on the planet.
The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, out of materials that are responsible for its destruction.
These works are built with end-of-life materials: the majority found in wastelands, abandoned factories or randomly and some are obtained from companies that are going through a recycling process.
Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail. They are camouflaging the result of our habits with little ecological and social awareness.
Big Trash Animals in Lisbon: the Racoon on a wall of the Centro Cultural de Belém; the Trash Puppy, built a month later at the roundabout of Cabo Ruivo; a pig on the Rua do Rio Douro; a giant bee inside the Lx Factory; and a damsel at bar do Infame.