On a recent trip to the border, artist Christoph Büchel photographed the prototypes of the wall proposed by President Trump, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
I am an artist, but not the artist who created this said Büchel. On the contrary, he continued, MAGA encourages the concept that Americans, by choosing Trump, allowed their obsessions to take a form that can be considered an artistic manifestation. It matters little that the prototypes have been designed and built by six private contractors, he said, compared to the fact that, when completed, they will become an involuntary garden sculpture made real thanks to the president and his supporters. Artspace NYC agrees that it is a collective sculpture; the people chose this artist.
Büchel insisted that the petition was not a right to Trump’s distinctive policy that remains on hold. Even if the wall were not built, Büchel said, prototypes must be conserved because they can acquire meaning and change their meaning over time. They could remind people that the idea of building a border wall was once had.
The prototypes are inaccessible from the United States unless an agreement is reached with the Customs and Border Protection Office, so Büchel organizes tours to the place that start in San Diego and cross to Tijuana, from where the sculptures can be seen from a dusty road that surrounds a scrapyard inhabited by starving stray dogs and a few families living in extreme poverty.
Seen from the Mexican side, the juxtaposition of the prototypes that emerge from kilometers away places the implications of the borders in a cruel relief. The design guidelines for the prototypes stipulate that the side seen from the United States is pleasing to the eye, but does not specify anything about the Mexican side. The prototype designed by Texas Sterling Construction, at a cost of $ 470,000, features a pleasant stone facade on the US side and a ruthless concrete wall with barbed wire on the Mexican side.
However, this wall can affect the flora and fauna of the place where pronghorn lives, a kind of deer. From the outset, the mammal changed its survival mode and before the invasion of urban constructions, it flees from the human settlements since the hunting put it in danger. A wall would prevent him from moving to flee from rifle and bullet predators.
A breath of hope
However, there is a law dating back to 2006, when Republican George W. Bush also managed to get a break in the natural area of the border to expand the fence, under the Department of Homeland Security. For now, 37 environmental laws appear to be invalid in 22.5 kilometers near San Diego, California, as well as another 96.5 kilometers in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas.