Contribucion Mexicano

Donald Trump wants Mexico to pay for the wall. We agree, at least where painting their side of it is concerned, and have some art and design suggestions. Tell us what to add, and we will

““The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions…”

–George Washington

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump’s central promise was that he would build a wall all along our southern border, and told the American people more than 200 times that if we built it, Mexico would pay (he wasn’t whispering, neither).  So far our neighbors to the south seem curiously reluctant consumers where walls are concerned, but in a spirit of bipartisanship we are trying to help The Base’s president out by persuading the Mexican people of the potential benefits of at least agreeing to paint the wall, their side of it anyway.  And especially after our government’s declaration that people wanting to come to our country is a national emergency, send our own message about what we, the real people, still stand for.

Assuming what gets built is a long series of steel slats (what the unenlightened refer to as a “fence”), we think a deep mauve matte could look quite fetching against a desert background, especially as the sun sets, and playful turquoise tips for each slat would add a touch of authenticity to a design that could otherwise look quite out of place, especially in America. Beyond this, as indicated above and below, we have a few preliminary suggestions for iconography and text that could be repeatedly applied at regular intervals.

We were originally only able to come up with five ideas for what to paint, which could get very tedious over the course of more than 2,000 miles.  Thanks to “MarshallM,” “NancyP,” “SteveS,” “JeanneV,” “BobB,” “LynnC,” and “SusanN,” (you’re all too modest, friends) we’ve been able to add eight more, better, of course, than our own.

Our first of many ‘we, the people,’ collaborative art projects–your turn with the brush, Huck…

In service to our nation and better relations with all peoples of the world, we invite you to send us your ideas for what we should add to nuestro pared virtuoso (or post them in the comments section below)–you don’t have to create the art, just the concept, and we’ll take it from there.

Assuming we like what you share, you’ll see it appear on our wall faster than a migrant can travel across thousands of miles of inhospitable country in search of the same liberties and opportunities we all enjoy.  And we’ll be sharing the final product with the Mexican government and all points south to show our brothers and sisters that the America they’ve known and loved is still here, and that the majority of us continue to support the American dream around the world.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Part of our Caretography series

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The Creative Politics mascot showing migrants one of several ways to get around the proposed border wall…

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