Most people think there's not much you can do with a pile of scraps in a landfill, unless you're talking about Artur Bordalo. The Portuguese street artist, who goes by the name Bordalo II, is showing the world that trash can be salvaged and transformed into some pretty amazing things.
Using old tires, scrap wood, burnt aluminum cans, appliances, and whatever else he can get his artistic hands on, Bordalo II creates giant 3D sculptures of animals, insects, and sea creatures.
After adding a splash of paint and a drop of love, he showcases his work in various locations around the world, from Portugal and Germany to Estonia and Arkansas.
"With the production of things at its highest, the production of 'waste' and unused objects is also at its highest," he wrote on his website. "'Waste' is quoted because of its abstract definition: 'One man's trash is another man's treasure.' I create, recreate, assemble, and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological, and social awareness."
Raccoons, rabbits, toucans, flamingos, grasshoppers - you name it, this street artist has probably built it. What better way to show sustainability is something we should all be more aware of?