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Lisbon’s Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art

Artur “Bordalo II” upcycles old bumpers and steering wheels to make Portugal’s capital city even more magical.

Lisbon, one of Europe’s most underrated cities, has in recent years been the recipient of an influx of artists, many fleeing Berlin and Paris for cheaper rents. While the expat scene thrives, the global community seems to have overlooked the local talent, which also exists in spades. One of these homegrown creatives is artist Arturo “Bordalo II,” who uses materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint, and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and back alleys throughout the city. The stars of these murals are almost always animals, and the art itself is a mix of Banksy and a more colorful Tim Burton. In Bordalo’s Lisbon, scissor-like beaks protrude from the sides of buildings and a wall becomes a crouching raccoon. Bordalo’s output has been prodigious over the last few months, and Beautiful/Decay was recently able to document them all in one place. Many more can also be seen on Facebook.

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Winner Announced: Picture Something Repurposed

In February, we asked you, the GOOD community, to send us photos of something repurposed. See the winning picture inside.


In February, we asked you, our regular GOOD readers, to send us pictures of something repurposed. The images ranged from an emptied can garden pot, to a sling constructed from an old tweed jacket, to shelves made from old beer boxes. Take a look at the submissions in our Picture Show.

After posting the Picture Show, we asked the community to vote. We’re happy to announce our winner, Lauren Lee. Lauren's vessels of light are not only functional but celebrate the design of the original product, a glass bottle. According to Lauren, "their beautifully curved lines hold sheer elegance that is rarely appreciated during or after consumption."

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