Not all scrap metal is priced with recycling in mind. For example, Artur Bordalo (who’s better known by his nickname Bordalo II) creates stunning works of art made from scrap metal and his pieces are definitely worth more per tonne than their weight in scrap.

He was born in Lisbon in 1987 and is a Portuguese graffiti and visual artist and is the grandson of Artur Real Chaves Bordalo da Silva who was also a renowned artist who specialised in painting. His grandfather had a profound influence on him and is why he chose to call himself Bordalo II, as a tribute.

Bordalo II scrap metal fish

He started as a graffiti artist by spray-painting walls on the streets of Lisbon when only 11 years old and went on to study art at university in Lisbon. As you can see, he now specialises in using waste materials to produce his work. He says he is guided by the mantra “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”. He often gets his scrap metal from places like construction sites, disused buildings/factories, old cars and you’ll sometimes see him rummaging around in skips too!

Artur Bordalo ("Bordalo II")

Image courtesy of Paul Van Welden, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

‘Social awareness’ art

His ethos is to stay away from traditional ways of producing art and instead channel his skill into creating pieces that promote “sustainability, ecology and social awareness”. His art is usually the 3D kind you see in the images on this page and you can find it all over the world.

Since 2012, Bordalo II has created about 200 animal sculptures, equating to around 60 tonnes of recycled scrap. He’s also famous for his ‘railway’ series where he uses railway tracks to create his art.

Bordalo II bee sculpture

This post only shows tiny fraction of his work but if you’d like to see more from his extensive portfolio, you can visit his website here.

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Before you go… If you liked this post, you may also like our previous scrap metal art post about Cadillac Ranch.

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