Artist JR Has Created a Masterpiece
Artist JR has created a masterpiece presently facing the US side of the wall in Tecate, Baja California. JR says it is an image of an inquisitive baby peering over the US-Mexico border. The 70-foot piece is another of the artists’ works which he labels as “pervasive art.” He utilizes large, black and white photography in public places similar to the way a graffiti artist places their work. He is sometimes referred to as “the French Banksy.”
JR Interprets the Picture of the Boy
JR told the New York Times that “Some people dream about fantasy worlds, I dream about walls.” He said, “I wonder, is this kid worrying about what will happen? What does he think? At one-year old, you don’t see the frontier or which side is better.” The artist said that one morning, when he awoke, an image lingered from his dreams: The wall along the US-Mexico border, and above it a young kid peering curiously over. JR said, the boy has “no idea that’s a wall that divides people – he has no idea of the political context, what is he thinking?”
The French street artist decided to give it form. This week, within days of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protecting 800,000 immigrants, JR erected a massive artwork towering dozens of feet above the existing border wall.
While JR was searching for a resident willing to let him build on their land, he met a woman who was all for the project. While they were talking a little baby seemed to be eavesdropping on their conversation, it was her son. He said, “There was a little kid looking at us the whole time with two hands on the side of his crib looking at us.” JR, a pseudonym, told Ari Shapiro, NPR, “and I was like, ‘Damn he looks exactly like that kid I dreamed of.'” The artist hopes the artwork will be up for about one month.
JR said the mother looks from her window to see the massive silhouette of her child every day. JR exclaimed, “She said, you know, it’s my son and I can recognize him, but I hope for the others, it represents any kid, any person – anyone that has dreams, and dreams that are not alienated by any political vision or any prejudice.”