Though junkyards may seem unappealing to most people, it's those places that serve as a bounty of materials for artist Bordalo II's sculptures.
According to Colossal, the artist "begins each of his animal sculptures in a grimy hunt for raw materials in junkyards or abandoned factories."
From there, he collects items such as car tires, plastic bumpers, and trash to transform into art, promoting "sustainability, ecological and social awareness" through art, his website explains. The work includes sculptures of bright pink flamingos, snuggled-up foxes, and beyond.
"The idea is to depict nature itself, in this case animals, out of materials that are responsible for [their] destruction," Bordalo II tells Colossal. "Sometimes people don't recognize that their simple routines are too much, we are using too many resources too fast and turning them into trash, waste, and pollution."
And it's true: recently, we covered America's alarming plastic pollution problem: every day, people in the United States toss 500 million straws, 275 million shopping bags, 60 million disposable water bottles, and other plastics, contributing toxins and causing harm to our planet as a whole.
So perhaps next time you decide to toss your trash, think about all the ways you can transform it into a positive message, a work of art, or another safer, healthier solution for our overall environment.
Be sure to check out more of Bordalo II's work below as well as on his Instagram account: