As the Trump administration seeks $18 billion over the next decade to more than double the length of the US-Mexico border fencing, one artist has another plan for the barriers.
Mexican artist Enrique Chiu is working to cover the existing border wall in colorful murals. His ultimate goal is to paint connected works there that span over 600 miles — which would become the world’s longest mural.
Chiu sees the project, called the “Mural of Brotherhood,” as “a way to unite the two nations that are divided.”
Take a look at his work below.
Mexican muralist Enrique Chiu started producing murals on the Mexican side of the US border in December 2016. Community volunteers have been helping.
Since then, his team has painted 1.3 miles of works on border fencing in Tijuana, Mexico. Chiu hopes to continue painting on the barriers to create the world’s longest mural.
The Pueblo Levee Project along the Arkansas River levee in Pueblo, Colorado held the Guinness Record for the world’s longest outdoor mural, which stretched 3 miles long. But in 2015, most of the paintings were destroyed when the levee needed repairs.
The works, which often include images found in Mexican folklore, can take a full day or several weeks (depending on the size) to complete.