Cuban-born Pepe Calderin is an artist and designer based in Miami who creates assembled animal portraits from recycled materials. His nearly-symmetrical compositions of endangered species, like tigers and pandas, have a direct gaze into the viewer’s eyes. In this way, the animals seem to speak telepathically, encouraging compassion, awareness and action to improve the world around us.
Creating endangered animals from recycled materials is a sharp commentary on our attitudes toward the environment as a whole. Calderin’s website explains, “Inspired by the misguided value society places on the material world, his pieces transform old or recycled items into familiar images that reflect what the world really should be placing value on—love, family, community, and the environment.”