Endangered dream

Created for Nuart Aberdeen 2018

Portugese Artist Bordalo II was one of the artists that participated in this year’s Nuart Aberdeen festival, and ‘ironically’ he adorned one of the city’s walls with collected trash. The artist continued his ‘Big Trash Animals’ series of sculptures with a nod to Scotland’s national animal – the Unicorn. 

The piece, which is made entirely from end of life materials gathered from Aberdeen and the surrounding area, alludes not only to the threat that pollution poses to animals but to the human race, our dreams, customs and ideas.
With Scotland being famed for its love for, and long history of, myths and legends, it’s no surprise that Bordalo II picked up on this fabled creature and its significance within Scottish cultural heritage.
The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century, perhaps due to the popular myth that it is the only animal capable of killing a lion – the national animal of England. When Scotland and England unified under the reign of James VI of Scotland in 1603, the Scottish Royal Arms had two unicorns supporting a shield. When James VI became James I of England and Ireland, he replaced the unicorn on the left of the shield with the lion to show that the countries were indeed united.
Created on April 14, 2018
60-62 Union Row, Aberdeen AB10 1SA, UK
Hunted by Martin Widerlechner.
Pictures by Louise Kendal, Emma Walker.

Marker details

Date created2018-04-14T22:00:00.000Z
Marker typeartwork
CountryUnited Kingdom