Portuguese Street Artist Turns Junk Into Amazing Owl Sculpture
Talented Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo (aka Bordalo II) has done it again, creating a beautiful and colorful owl sculpture on a wall in the city of Covilhã in Portugal out of recycled junk and trash.
The sculpture, called “Owl Eyes,” was cobbled together from tractor tires, corrugated sheet metal, and other bits of urban scrap and trash. Bordalo created the piece as part of WOOL, an annual festival held in Covilhã to foster the urban arts.
Bordalo (whom we’ve written about before here) is no stranger to street art, and has created numerous works that make especially ingenious use of their environment. Check out his website for more, and read on for his interview with Bored Panda!
“In the center of this city we have a lot of ruins and abandoned buildings,” Artur Bordalo told Bored Panda, “so that’s why I used trash to build an owl, the symbol of education and culture – both are missing in this area.”
“It’s part of the concept of my work, and my work in general, to use found trash from the streets, the fruits of excessive consumerism/capitalism”
“It’s also a connection to the area where the piece were made, cause it’s the area’s trash that I’m using for it”
“I always have my assistants work with me on these big pieces. We use almost only plastics because its one of the cancers of the planet”
“We have difficulties with connecting some different pieces, which happens when we have different materials. There isn’t a special glue for everything so we must fix, drill, cut, and find the best ways to connect it and make it last!”
We’d like to thank Artur Bordalo for agreeing to talk to Bored Panda about his sculpture. We wish him the best of luck with the rest of his work!
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