Photos: Arturo Bordalo
Portuguese street artist Bordalo II (also known as Arturo Bordalo) takes crumpled bumpers, scorched garbage cans and old rubber tires and transforms them into 3-D mural portraits of animals, like the raccoon above.
Many of the materials for his vibrant "Big Trash Animals" are scavenged from abandoned factories and other urban wastelands, but some materials are obtained from corporate recycling programs.
By putting a literal face on our growing mountains of waste, Bordalo paints a powerful indictment of our world's insidious throw-away culture, which is caused by economic policies that encourage the excessive overproduction and overconsumption of disposable goods, like plastic bags, fast fashion and electronic gadgets that are prone to rapid obsolescence.
"The idea is to depict nature itself — in this case, animals — out of materials that are responsible for its destruction," Bordalo writes.
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