The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true for Portuguese artist Bordalo II. Taking to the streets to collect old car bumpers, tires, door panels, etc, the artist turns this “junk” into incredible pieces resembling everything from pelicans to foxes. The sculptures then grow on-site, taking form as he collects more available materials. As a final detail, each animal is fitted with spray paint for a lifelike quality. Through his art, Bordalo II hopes to draw attention to our culture’s uncontrollable production of waste. He states, “The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, out of materials that are responsible for [their] destruction.”
Make sure to check out Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood documentary on more ways to protect the environment.