The Big Trash Animals series revolves around the representation of animals on a large scale, built almost exclusively with garbage (as Bordalo says, the same material that kills them), aiming to provoke a different look at our consumerist habits. With 165+ Trash Animals around the world, “Father and Baby Moose” is Bordalo II’s largest installation to date.
The animal choice was related to the place where the wall is located, as Bordalo always tries to choose local animals, to try and get the public feeling even more connected to his work. At first, the focus was more on endangered species, but sadly, as of now, all animals including us, are endangered, given the extreme conditions climate change is bringing us every year, making living on earth slowly but surely more dangerous to live in. Bordalo’s big trash animals are a call for changing human habits, industries and everything that is harming the planet, into new harmless acts.
The goal is to generate an emotional relationship between these large animals and those who observe them, seeking to promote the questioning of our acts and habits and, who knows, their subsequent transformation and evolution. The production process of each work involves collecting material, cutting and adapting the collected material, assembling, fixing and painting (if that is the case). “Garbage” is the raw material which is used predominantly, in particular “garbage” resulting from high density plastics that have already ceased to serve the purpose for which they were initially intended.