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Bordalo II Combines Salvaged Neon Tubes, Industrial Materials, and Other Waste into Lively Trash Animals in a New Retrospective

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October 7, 2022

Grace Ebert

All photos © Bordalo II, shared with permission

A seven-meter-tall squirrel fabricated from railway dividers, decommissioned industrial hoses, and purchasing carts in disrepair opens a large retrospective from Portuguese artist Bordalo II (beforehand). Spanning ten years of his profession, EVILUTION displays the environmental themes the artist has been drawn to for at the very least the final decade which might be mirrored by way of his signature Trash Animals, creatures comprised of totally salvaged supplies. Spray-paint cans are slotted into an summary mosaic of a raccoon, whereas neon tubing illuminates a variety of sculptural creatures together with a fox, spider, and even a snail strapped to an electrical scooter.

EVILUTION, which opens this weekend on the Edu Hub of Lisbon, exposes the unbelievable array of fabric people discard and the way such waste impacts the setting and biodiversity. The present additionally marks Bordalo II’s first foray into neon, which he describes in a press release:

It’s unbelievable what folks throw away. Many of our sculptures use apparent family trash, however we need to present that there’s an entire ecosystem of junk laying round on the market that’s threatening nature. That contains issues like generations of damaged neon tubes, which most individuals wouldn’t ever take into consideration…EVILUTION is a form of retrospective of all the things I’ve been doing during the last ten years, and likewise a method of trying in the direction of the long run.

Head to the artist’s Instagram for a preview of the exhibition, which runs from October 8 to December 11.

 

#animals
#Bordalo II
#mosaics
#neon
#public art
#sculpture
#trash

 

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