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#NoWalls: Mexican Artist Enrique Chiu Guns for Record Mural on US Border Wall

Agence France-Presse
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July 13, 2017
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A record mural painting on US-Mexico border fence (Agence France-Presse)

On the imposing metal sheets of the border fence that divides Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego, California, a hand reaches out in friendship amid a burst of butterflies.

Nearby, in darker tones, a pile of skulls is crowned by a steely cross.

This massive meditation on humanity at its best and worst is the work of Mexican artist Enrique Chiu, who is seeking to set a Guinness World Record for the longest mural ever painted.

Named the “Mural of Brotherhood,” the painting is nearly two kilometers (a mile and a quarter) long.

And Chiu’s canvas could get a lot bigger if US President Donald Trump gets his way: his planned border wall would stretch some 1,600 kilometers.

The current world record holder for the largest outdoor mural is in the US state of Colorado and measures 3.2 kilometers long and more than 17 meters high.



Chiu is not alone in his quixotic project to set a world record covering the border wall in art.

Some 2,000 residents of the border region have contributed to the project, painting pictures, words or simply leaving their handprints on a long section of the various types of wall and fencing that already cover about one-third of the 3,200-kilometer border.

Read the rest at Malay Mail Online

Related: Artist to Raise a Wall ‘Made by Mexicans,’ for Visitors to Tear Down in NYC (The Yucatan Times)


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