Art breaks down invisible border

The steel fence that slices the United States - Mexico border now has a small, "invisible" gap in it. Quiroz bolted a digital vinyl photograph, spanning 12 feet high and 60 feet wide, to the wall to give the illusion that the wall isn't there - so people standing on the Mexico side can see right into the U.S.

“We placed it on the border wall in Mexico and basically it’s a photograph of exactly what’s on the other side,” Quiroz said. “In other words, making the wall somewhat invisible.” The photo is located on the main street along the border about a half a mile west of the border crossing in Nogales, Sonora Mexico. Quiroz and his team installed the picture on Feb. 9 by lining up the image with the surrounding background, and bolting it into the steel.

“The border patrol doesn’t allow anybody to put anything on the wall on the American side,” Quiroz said. “Whereas on the Mexican side, the Mayor gave us carte blanche, we can do whatever we want.”

“(The Mayor) said ‘it's not our wall. We didn’t put it up. Do whatever you want,’” Quiroz said. “So we have literally thought of the border wall as becoming a gallery.”

In fact, the entire project was funded by Mexican cultural organizations.

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