bordalo II sculpts salamander with whole cars and mechanical mixed media
 
bordalo II sculpts salamander with whole cars and mechanical mixed media bordalo II sculpts salamander with whole cars and mechanical mixed media
jul 16, 2015

bordalo II sculpts salamander with whole cars and mechanical mixed media

bordalo II sculpts salamander with whole cars and mechanical mixed media
all images courtesy of bordalo II

 

 

 

at this year’s agitágueda art festival — running from now until july 26, 2015 — portugese artist bordalo II has used recycled materials and car parts to form a larger-than-life sized species placed in the urban environment.

 

‘salamander’ is a giant amphibian made from mechanical parts and mixed media, sculpted to suit the biological characteristics of the species. entire cars, tires, bumpers and wheels have been molded and modified into a beady-eyed critter at a magnified scale, twisting and contorting into legs, eyes and a sprawling tail. after modeling the automobile elements into an animal shape, bordalo II animates it with paint, spraying the body and head with orange and yellow spots and realistic eyes to bring the character to life.

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entire cars, tires, bumpers and wheels have been molded, sculpted and modified

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a row of tires forms a curved tail that spans the surface of the surrounding environment

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eyes are formed by tires and paint

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work-in-progress: before painting the ‘salamander’

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