Have you ever thought of converting piles of trash into a beautiful masterpiece? Artur Bordalo (aka Bordalo II) did.

He walks down the streets of Lisbon looking for debris, such as damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, ties, and appliances. Then he rearranges them, paints them, and transforms them into big, colorful animals. His urban jungle is not restricted to a zoo or something of the sort. It is featured on abandoned factories, container ports, and on a myriad of buildings throughout the city.

“I belong to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist and greedy”, tells the 30-year old artist on his website. However, as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. “I create, recreate, assemble and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological and social awareness”, Bordalo explains.


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