This breathtaking new street art is made entirely out of trash

November 20, 2017 by  
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Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, known by the moniker Bordalo II , is showing off some bold new street art in an abandoned Lisbon warehouse. Bordalo drwas attention to wastefulness by creating massive vibrant animals out of discarded plastic , car parts, and other trash – and the whimsical designs are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Garbage is given new life as colorful animal sculptures in Bordalo II’s solo exhibition Attero – the Latin word for ‘waste.’ The trash is locally sourced, according to Colossal , and might come from old cars, construction materials, or whatever else the artist happens to find. He often transforms the detritus into animals because they are particularly vulnerable to harm from our society which too often throws items away, polluting the environment. Related: Street artist turns trash into incredible wild animal sculptures Attero calls us to reflect on our own consumption, according to Lara Seixo Rodrigues, founder of nonprofit arts organization Mistaker Maker , which curated Attero. She told Colossal, “Whether on a large or small scale, his unusual sculptural creations oblige us to question and rethink our own role as actors in this static, consumerist, and self-destructive society, which exploits, often in an abusive way, the resources that nature offers us.” Bordalo II echoes these ideas in his Facebook biography , saying he belongs “to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist, and greedy.” The artist, who was born in 1987, revitalizes end-of-life materials discarded by others to create his pieces. Bordalo II’s sculptures are often massive, sprawling across building walls. While those large, attention-grabbing pieces are certainly part of Attero, the exhibition also includes smaller pieces on old doors, windowpanes, or siding. Around 8,000 people visited the show during its first week. Attero is on through November 26 at Rua de Xabregas 49, 1900-439 Beato, Lisbon. Bordalo II’s website says entry into the show is free. If you can’t make it to Lisbon, check out more of Bordalo II’s pieces on Facebook and Instagram . + Bordalo II Via Colossal Images via Bordalo II Facebook and Mistaker Maker Facebook

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IKEA, David Chang and ruler of Dubai invest $40 million in AeroFarms vertical farming

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If there was any question that indoor vertical farming is the future of agriculture, the latest announcement from AeroFarms will remove any doubt. The revolutionary company just secured a whopping $40 million in financing from world-renowned chef David Chang, megabrand IKEA and the ruler of Dubai — Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. The company intends to use the money to address the escalating challenge of bringing healthy, sustainable food to the growing global population using their innovative aeroponic growing system. AeroFarms grows leafy greens without sunlight or soil in vertically-stacked troughs in a fully-controlled indoor environment. It’s better for the planet than traditional agriculture because it requires 95 percent less water, grows in half the time of traditional crops, doesn’t deplete soil and can be grown year-round and served locally — even in cold climates. Related: AeroFarms is building the world’s largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan David Chang, founder of the Momofuku Group, said, “Momofuku has always championed local farmers and is continuously looking for innovative solutions to improve our quality and sustainability practices. AeroFarms’ incredible technology allows them to grow consistent, high-quality ingredients all year round. At the end of the day, the goal is always to find delicious ingredients from local purveyors we admire, and I am excited to partner with AeroFarms.” IKEA, which has long championed indoor farming, funding innovations through Space10 and releasing their own indoor gardening system , also invested in the company. Rounding out the investment was Meraas , the investment vehicle of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. + AeroFarms Via Agfundernews

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