Artist Enrique Chiu enlists volunteers to turn a symbol of division into a sign of brotherhood.
Over the past two and half years, nearly 4000 volunteers have converged on the US/Mexico border to assist artist Enrique Chiu in painting a mural. Chiu began the project on election day 2016, and once his collaborative project is complete, the ‘Mural of Brotherhood’ will span a mile of Mexico’s border frontage with the US in Tijuana. Shorter segments will be painted in other regions to connect the project to the southern edge of the border.
It’s not hard to see where the inspiration for the project came from, and the timing is telling. Election Day 2016 marked Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House backed by a promise to build another protective wall along the US/Mexico border. One that, theoretically, he would ‘make Mexico pay for’.
The suggestion was met by outcry from globalists and humanitarians, but the white nationalist segment peddling this extreme and impractical proposition won the day, and Trump has been petitioning to get the wall built ever since (we’re not economists, but if by chance you’re a fan of the wall I’d say don’t hold your breath). It’s marked a period of increasing tensions between the two nations, with the Trump administration recently raising tariffs on Mexican goods and allegations of discrimination and racism against Latino Americans rising sharply since Trump came into power.