Street Artist JR Ends Mexico Border Installation with Picnic on Both Sides

Street Artist JR Ends Mexico Border Installation with Picnic on Both Sides

To celebrate the end of the temporary installation, JR and curator Pedro Alonzo—who helped organize the project—held a picnic on both sides of the fence. On October 8, 2017, a large wooden table stretched from the United States to Mexico, with a pair of JR’s famous eyes on top. As people gathered for the potluck lunch, a band played festive music. Half the members stood on American soil, half on Mexican soil, but they all played the same music.

It was a fitting end of a project that turned a forgotten place into a point of discussion. Kikito’s presence looking over the fence put a touch of humanity to the immigration debate, asking people to engage in a way they otherwise would not have, imploring them to reach across and remember the people that live just on the other side. Based on the photographs during the installation period and the picnic, JR’s hope to spur communication became a reality.

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