The famous artist Bordalo II has just completed an imposing 3D artwork in the 13th district of Paris made from waste to highlight to the public the problem of pollution .
The beaver is not anymore a legend or a fairy tale, Yes, yes, there are beavers in Paris! Or rather one beaver, who lives at 87, rue du Chevaleret, facing the exit of the underground station “Library Francois Mitterrand” in the 13th district of Paris. This huge 3D artwork, approximately eight meters high, was made in just three days by the Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, known as Bordalo II.
Internationally renowned for his “trash animals”, Bordalo II has already designed more than thirty artworks all around the world in 2017 alone. “We had to organise the date of his arrival in France six months in advance, he is very busy” says Gautier Jourdain, a great urban art lover and also owner of the famous Galerie Mathgoth in Paris 13th district. Gautier and Mathilde Jourdain are at the origin of this project, with the collaboration of Emerige (Owner of the building which now hosts the beaver).
In Paris, as elsewhere, the ritual is always the same. Bordalo II team crisscrosses the sidewalks looking for abandoned waste: suitcases, toys, watering cans, pipes, chairs, tires, … Anything that is abandoned is good to take. Then all pieces are cut with a circular saw and assembled on the ground. To hang the work on the wall the beaver was split in three pieces.
If you walk a little closer to the structure, you will recognize some objects: motorcycle helmets are the eyes, foldable chairs his ears and shreds of green trash forming a leaf that that the beaver nibbles. what a symbol! “I want to recreate animals from what kills them, pollution and plastic waste,” says Bordalo II.
On this extraordinary beaver, there are car bumpers, garbage cans, an old doll’s house, bicycle tyres and even an old toboggan. you won’t believe how realistic it is! ! But incidentally, why did Bordallo II create a beaver? Strange, in the centre of Paris 13th district perhaps?! “We were looking for a symbol related to the borough. The river Bièvre flowed here until the begining of the twentieth century and guess what, in early French, Bièvre means beaver.Nobody exactly knows if beavers have ever waded in the Bièvre … But the hypothesis seems to be very unlikely as the river was well known to be a highly polluted place!
So if you’re having a street art walk tour in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, visit Bordalo II’s Beaver. It is worth the detour. What a Street Art masterpiece.
Bordalo II 2017 Artworks:
Pictures by: Gautier Jourdain & Bordalo II