French street artist JR has installed a large artwork in the small Mexican town of Tecate. It is a blown up picture of a smiling toddler boy, named Kikito. This art work is a black and white print that stands 65 feet tall. He has placed this cut out just by a fence that separates the United States and Mexico. From the American side, the boy appears to peer over the border fence as if from inside his cot.
What does this mean? JR says that when the news was flooded with talks about Trump building a wall between US and Mexico, he had a dream about a child peering over a wall. JR uses his larger than life art to draw attention to his issue.
Who is JR? JR is a street artist. He takes common peoples’ portraits and pastes them onto the sides of buildings. He has done other large-scale portraits around the world, with much of his recent work focused on immigrants.
When did Kikito start peering over the fence? JR unveiled this artwork last week when American President Trump announced that he would end a program called the “Dreamers Program”. This program has allowed 800,000 young immigrants that were brought to America illegally as children to remain in the country. They were brought in mostly from Mexico by their families who came to the United States of America looking for jobs and a better life.
What’s all this hullabaloo about a wall? President Trump wants to reduce the intake of immigrants so that there are more jobs for Americans. He wants to build a solid wall between the two countries to prevent illegal immigrants from entering.