Portuguese street artist Bordalo II just inaugurated his new work, a 3D beaver made from 100% plastic waste in the thirteen district of Paris to denounce pollution.
Facing the exit of the subway Librairie Francois Mitterrand , this great 3D work, about eight meters high, was made in just three days by artist Artur Bordalo, known as Bordalo II.
Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo II has become famous for his uncanny depictions of large animal assemblages built from found trash and recycled items —depicting those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy.
In Paris, as elsewhere, the creative process is the same: Bordalo II team wanders through the sidewalks in search of abandoned bulky items: suitcase, toys, watering cans, pipes, chairs … Everything is good to take, as long as it’s plastic. Then the pieces are cut with a jigsaw and assembled on the ground.
Looking a little closer, we can still recognize some objects: motorcycle helmets are transformed into eye pupils, foldable chairs are used for the ears and shreds of green trash form a leaf that rodents nibble. This is very symbolic. “I want to recreate animals from what kills them, pollution and plastic waste,” says the 30-year-old artist.
On this extraordinary beaver, there are 14 bumpers, 14 trash cans, a doll’s house, bicycle tires and even a toboggan. But by the way, why a beaver? “I was looking for a symbol related to the location. The Bièvre river flowed here until the twentieth century and in old French, bievre means beaver. We do not know if beavers ever lived in the Bievre … but the river was known for its highly polluted waters.
This new street art creation in Paris is paying homage to nature while denouncing the enormous quantities of waste produced by the industry and overconsumerism.
The public can also discover 3D creation by Bordalo II in Sweden with a 3D monumental rat created for Magic City.