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Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday Mural - Your trash, his art

Among a dozen other murals, this was the mural I most wanted to see when I visited the 
LX Factory I mentioned in my previous post - the Bee. 

Made in 2016, by one of Portugal's most talented street artists - Bordalo II - his unique creations are made with urban rubbish - cans, tires, scrap wood, appliances, etc that he turns into very tactile colourful animals, by making a collage with the waste and spray painting them to complete the piece. 
He's not only recycling trash but also using it to critique the way we live in a consumer society, mainly buying trash anyway.


The Bee
Bordalo II, aka Artur Bordalo was born in Lisbon in 1987, and grew up watching his grandfather - Artur Real Bordalo da Silva, a famous artist paint his Lisbon landscapes. 
He started as an illegal graffiti painter in his youth but turned into a street artist using his inspiration and daily experiences.
His "Big Trash Animals" are a series of artworks drawing attention to the production of waste, non recycling of materials, pollution and its effects on the planet. 

For other murals from around the world please follow this link.




Let's bring nature back to the city. Join the movement



And just as a curiosity, here is some information about Bordalo II's grandfather and his work.
Artur Real Chaves Bordalo da Silva, was born in Lisbon in 1925 and died in June 2017.
He studied art at the National Society of Arts and his urban landscapes of buildings and  historical locations of Lisbon were mainly painted in watercolours and oils.
And here are a few of his masterpieces (photos from the internet).




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Artur Real-Bordalo - Cais

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38 comments:

  1. That´s a different approach, I like it very much.
    And his Grandfather was a fine artist, too!

    Well. And you sure gave me a lesson!
    I looked up "Vamos a la playa", as I instantly got that earworm - I always thought it´s a fun song, but no, it´s about the environment! For way over 20 years I was wrong!

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    1. Thanks Iris, his art is quite different. "Vamos a la playa" is Spanish for "let's go to the beach", so it is a fun song. (Vamos = go).

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    2. Wiki says also "Due to the meaning of its title and its lighthearted melody, Vamos a la playa has become a summer and holiday anthem in many regions, especially in countries of Latin America. However, the song deals with the explosion of a nuclear bomb in the ocean. The people in the song all wear "a sombrero" to prevent the "radioactive wind" from "messing up their hair". The singer states that finally "the sea is clean," and instead of fish there is now "fluorescent water"." and that I didn´t know.

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    3. Just played the song and they do talk about a bomb in the ocean and radiation burning their hair. Don't think I had ever paid much attention to the lyrics. Thanks Iris.

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    4. Me neither - just thanks to you :-)

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  2. The sculptures are interesting but I love the paintings.

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    1. Thanks Andrew. His Dad's painting are more classical of course.

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  3. A imaginação chega a tudo se se quiser.
    Gostei imenso.
    Boa semana

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    1. Sim a imaginacao vale tudo. Obrigada Pedro.

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  4. The bee is looking quite overgrown! When was this shot taken?

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    1. In September this year. I suppose no one gardens around the bee.

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  5. Great mural indeed on a very interesting way with a message to us all. Very nice.

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    1. Thanks S.C. I agree a great message.

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  6. As someone who loves to use trash or recyclables in my art, this assemblage mural really, really spoke to me. I'm so glad you persisted and found this. It is a true statement to our disposable society.

    It looks like the artist's grandfather was a master in his own right. Looks like he came from a line of great artists.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I think he inherited the artistic genes. I quite like the fact that he uses recyclable stuff, very clever!

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  7. Oh you can see he inherited his grandfather's talent Sami. A different style for sure but the younger Bordalo is more environmentally conscious, his grandfather probably would never have dreamed the world would be in the state it is today! The bee mural/wall sculpture is exquisite!

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    1. Thanks Grace, glad you enjoyed it, it's quite a different type of mural.

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  8. I have never seen street art like this. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your visit Betty, glad you enjoyed the mural.

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  9. Wow! I really admire this concept & message! Great find, Sami!

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    1. Thanks Christine, a nice mural and a good message too I agree.

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  10. Yes you can see where Bordalo II get his artistic genes from! I love the way the plant has entangled itself through the artwork. His work is quite different, I like it, he must be using strong glue!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks Wren, I did wonder too what sort of glue he uses to keep those heavy objects on the wall.

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  11. Mural de grande beleza e desconhecia por completo este movimento de que apoio a 100%.
    Uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Obrigada Francisco. Realmente este artista merece o nosso apoio.

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  12. The mural is wonderful as are the paintings!

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  13. One can't help but admire the talent and vision that went into the creation of the bee. The ivy growing over it literally adds another layer to the piece. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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    1. Thanks ODP. I also liked the ivy growing around the bee.

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  14. This is different.
    Great to see the paintings too.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, glad you enjoyed both the painting and the mural.

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  15. Artistic family. I like both their works

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