“Big Trash Animal” is the name of this series of installations for the UpNorth Festival by Portuguese Street Artist Bordalo II, here in a seaside city in the northern sector of Norway called Bodø.
The artist has been using his recycled sculptures as commentary on a modern culture of consumerism (and its deleterious effect on ecological matters) for the last decade or so, which great success.
are a marvel in their likenesses; his talents for evoking their character by
sculpting with people’s detritus are unrivaled. The connection he makes is
between mindless garbage-making and the lives of animals. It’s a powerful one,
a testament to the potential role of the Street Artist as a mindful citizen who
contributes to the greater good.
Last autumn he researched, collected materials, and methodically created 12 of these animals for a recycling company rooted to this seaside town of 50,000 which boasts the Norwegian Aviation Museum. In the case of this region, bringing Bordalo II is not simply to “artwash” a brand or city, as some companies and municipalities try to do.
According to UpNorth Festival organizers the region has laser-focused their attention on recycling – reportedly planning to reach the European Union’s target for recycling 65% of municipal waste by this year, about 10 years ahead of schedule.
Reading a press release from the events, it looks like the people of nearby Salten took it upon themselves to clear coastal waters of pollution a couple of years ago. “In 2017 they placed 50 tons of marine litter in front of the public library in Stormen.” The marine litter was collected as a stunt to motivate the community and show them that collecting litter is of great value.
Bordalo II has now given them additional ideas for what to do with it.
Because you just can’t get enough warfare, return with us now to the land of the Vikings…
DOTDOTDOT just collaborated with David de la Mano for an ellipses full of battling silhouetted Norsemen way up north, where the sun does not even go down this time of year. “The sun and the moon effect us there in every way in our daily life,” says DOTDOTDOT, so they call this one “Solstice”
UpNorth festival in the town of BODO says “The goal for the festival is to present high quality art for the public – in environments you wouldn´t normally expect to find this type of artistic expression.” That’s true, this city of 50,000 just above the Arctic Circle is not the first place we think of for piecing and bombing and putting up a stencil.
50,000? I think that’s how many people were at the bar last night. Seemed like it anyway.