Recently, the Committee decided to open up to new categories such as cultural landscapes and routes, industrial heritage (for example, this year, Ivrea, the industrial city of the 20th century, in Italy), deserts, marine sites coastal and small island sites, so that the list is more diverse and more representative of World Heritage. The sites proposed for inscription must meet at least one of the ten selection criteria, such as, for example, representing a masterpiece of human creative genius, testifying to an exchange of influences during History, to bear exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a living or extinct civilization, or else to represent natural phenomena of exceptional beauty and aesthetic importance or, of course, to be eminently representative examples of ecological and biological processes … Italy is the country with the largest number (54), followed by China (53), Spain (47), France (44), Germany (44), and finally, Mexico (35).
Artur Bordalo aka Bordalo II is an artist, born in Lisbon, who creates large installations from rubbish collected in the streets.
Born in Lisbon in 1987, Artur Bordalo signs as Bordalo II. Grandson of the painter Real Bordalo, he grew up watching his grandfather represent Lisbon. He attended the painting course at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. He uses rubbish to create large street installations, which depict animals or urban scenes. The garbage from abandoned factories, pieces in various types of plastic, and electronic waste are the materials he most likes to use in his compositions. Large pieces are welded to support, smaller pieces glued together, using a mixed technique. With his works, he intends to draw attention to the problems of exaggerated consumerism and the waste resulting from it. They are the plastic translation of the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. His art is three-dimensional, full of life, color, and movement. If his first graffiti and installations were done clandestinely, today most of his works are carried out by invitation. His works are scattered through the streets of Lisbon. Guaxinão is one of his most recent works (pictured above), included in the exhibition “Panic, Drama, Terror” that took place at the CCB, in Lisbon, in April. Some works by Bordalo II.
All photos taken from the PowerPoint “Bordalo II” by M.I.
I’ve tried to find the name of all sculptures here, but some I just couldn’t…. If someone can help me with this, please sent a message!
All of you, go ding the one of a kind work of an exceptional Portuguese plastic artist!
An unforgettable spectacle! Do you know what the real reason is? It all started when the clergy of Santiago de Compostela Basilica felt pity for the way the poor pilgrims, their great most, spent the night before the religious ceremonies in honor of Santiago: snuggled together, out in the open, in the rain, and to the cold. So it was decided that they could shelter inside the Basilica. Of course, the scent inside it was almost unbeatable, there were times of little or no personal hygiene, pilgrims arrived at the Basilica after many kilometers made on foot, sweaty, with dirty clothes, etc. To fight this smell someone remembered that it would be convenient to fill the Basilica with the smell of incense. But, as the main nave is majestic, only a monumental incense burner would fulfill the intended objectives. Hands to work, a giant incense burner, a system of ropes that would allow you to swing it and call this exercise has another ceremony of praise to Santiago de Compostela! And so was born the giant incense burner used on pilgrimage days to Compostela… As I say, History is made of the sum of little stories…
For those who have never seen it… and for those who have seen it, remember!
Imagine yourself in a place between Canada and Russia and suddenly, for just 30 seconds, the moon appears in all its splendor and disappears before your eyes. But even more impressive, for just 5 seconds, a total eclipse of the sun happens right after.
Unprecedented and spectacular! Video filmed in real-time.
It is the so-called perigee, a point in the orbit of a star around the Earth, where the proximity of the Moon is so evident that, suddenly, we perceive the great speed at which the Earth is moving.
The Moon is seen from the Arctic Circle, between Russia and Canada, only for a few seconds, but it’s worth watching. It’s a spectacular sight.
It looks like the Moon is going to collide with Earth…