Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo, known as Bordalo II, is renowned for his transformative street art creations. His latest work, the Cherry Mouse, unveiled at the Cor de Chelas Festival festival, is a testament to his unique approach to art. Situated in Lisbon’s Estrada de Chelas neighborhood, the installation breathes new life into the urban landscape, bringing color and creativity to the community.
Born in Lisbon in 1987, Bordalo II’s artistic journey began at an early age, inspired by his grandfather’s passion for painting. Drawing from his background in painting and sculpture, Bordalo II developed his signature style of creating sculptures from discarded materials found throughout the city. The Cherry Mouse exemplifies his commitment to using art as a platform for social and environmental commentary.
Using street garbage such as scrap metal and plastic items, Bordalo II meticulously constructs intricate animal sculptures that serve as poignant reminders of the environmental impact of consumerism and pollution. Through his installations, Bordalo II seeks to raise awareness about the urgent need for sustainability, inviting viewers to reflect on their relationship with the natural world. As Bordalo II continues to push boundaries with his “trash art,” his work serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative potential of art in addressing pressing environmental issues.