Lisbon born Bordalo II has been creating animals from human waste for a few years in many cities in the last three years and he brings one of his animals to the Magic City exhibition as well. Of course, one should use the word ìwasteî carefully, as many of the tons of discarded items that people throw away are carefully picked through and re-used by others.
A child of the 1980s Bordalo II says, ìI belong to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist and greedy. With the production of things at its highest, the production of ëwasteí and unused objects is also at its highest.î He has been travelling to cities and going directly to their garbage storage areas to choose materials to create very large ìTrash Animals,î which can be very realistic and compelling to the viewer.
With this rare talent and dedication to environmental issues that he believes in, Bordalo is using this series to draw attention the worldís dangerous trash problems. In addition to poisoning the air and water, the solid waste we produce often harms animal populations on land and in the sea, and some of the animals that Bordalo II creates have been seriously endangered by human behavior.
In Tahiti this fall for the Onoíu Festival, Magic City artist Martha Cooper caught great photographs of Magic City artist Bordalo II collecting garbage and creating a new octopus with it.
ìHeís a genius!î Ms. Cooper tells us. ìHe took the most unlikely pieces of plastic detritus from the recycling center and speedily transformed them into the octopus on the front of what will be Papeeteís street art museum and gallery,î she says. Youíll notice that he used aerosol paint can tops to create the ìsuction cupsî on the tentacles of the sea-faring creature. This ingenuity with the materials that he finds is what makes Bordalo IIís work remarkable.
Title photo: Bordalo II. ONOíU Festival 2016 in Tahiti. (photo © Martha Cooper)