Famed Artist Creating 64 Foot Trash Art Mural In Downtown El Paso
El Paso will soon welcome world-renowned environmental Portuguese artist Bordalo II creating a 64 ft. tall mural on display at One San Jacinto Plaza made out of 'trash.'
An exciting collaboration between the local non-profit, Green Hope Project, and community partners, Environmental Services of El Paso, Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Downtown Management District, Franklin Mountain Investments, the Frontera Land Alliance, and the Museum of Cultural Affairs, are coming together for a larger than life mural to be created in downtown El Paso by famed artist Bordalo II to raise awareness on environmentalism.
Portuguese artist Bordalo II (pronounced Bordalo Segundo) is best known for his 'Trash Art,' but his works of art are far from trash. Bordalo creates his masterpieces in part with recycled materials creating sculptures and murals of animals while educating people about the environment and endangered species.
Green Hope Project was founded by El Dorado High School art teacher Candace Printz in 2019, creating environmental education initiatives, including “Trash to Treasure,” an annual recycled material art competition.
That initiative grabbed the attention of high-profile folks like Chelsea Clinton and Bordalo II, which led to his interest in curating a large-scale mural for El Paso, which will become part of his series titled Big Trash Animals.
After five years, Green Hope Project is thrilled to finally welcome Bordalo II to the Sun City next month to create a 64-foot tall mural that will depict a mountain lion using recycled materials and aims to "shine a light on how over-consumerism and pollution affect other living things in this world."
Even more exciting is that El Paso will be the first city in Texas to feature a recycled art project by Bordalo II (as of now, less than 15 murals exist in the U.S. by the famed artist).
Bordalo II and his team will be working in tandem to create the massive mural at One San Jacinto Plaza on the corner of Franklin and Mesa St. beginning in mid-August.
A construction camera will also broadcast a live feed beginning August 1st, so the public can watch as the team creates the humungous mural through August 14th.
We can't wait for this one-of-a-kind project to be completed, and if you happen to come across Bordalo II and his team, we hope you extend them plenty of El Paso hospitality while they are in town.
Congrats to everyone involved in making this incredible installation happen, especially the Green Hope Project team, for not giving up and making this possible for our city and for shedding light on a serious subject that involves not just our endangered species but our planet as a whole.