TECATE, MEXICO - Someone is peering over the fence along the U.S. Mexico border. It's the portrait of a gigantic child, looking over steel wall dividing the country the United States. In the photo, the boy appears to playfully grasp the barrier with his fingers. The piece of art is a cutout of the boy that stands nearly 65 feet tall and is meant to encourage discussion of immigration. The artist who goes by the moniker, "JR" wanted to start a "conversation" about immigration, and it's now working.
"When we started months ago preparing the piece, we didn't know it would come at a moment where it would connect, also, with DACA," said JR, "Now as an artist, I think that it's amazing that the piece of art, that it creates more dialogue. The idea itself is to raise questions. I don't have the answers. I'm actually by listening to the answers, listening on how the people feel about it on each side and from elsewhere, i get to learn about it."
The artist says he was inspired to create the work from a dream he had about a child looking over the Border Fence. On Friday, several people drove to the remote section of wall near the Tecate border crossing, about 40 miles southeast of San Diego.