Street Art

JR at the US-Mexico Border Makes Brilliant, Beautiful Work

September 08, 2017

JR recently introduced his latest public intervention on the US-Mexico border at the Tecate-port-of-entry. Similar to his large scale works created in Brazil during Olympics 2016, French artist installed 70-foot piece built in Mexico facing the US.

Obviously addressing the political climate lead by US president, the image shows a 1-year old boy playfully looking over the fence. Using the entire construction as part of his poignant piece, the artist questions the consequences of Trump's political discourse and programs could have on the future generation, while at the same time, celebrating the strength of people over such conservative and limited world views. The piece was revealed in the same week as Trump deciding to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offers protections to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. —Sasha Bogojev

Artist's portrait photo credit by John Francis Peters for The New York Times