Phase One: February - April, 2017
On Feb. 24, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), operating under the Trump administration, put forth a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to build The Solid Border Wall Prototypes (concrete materials) and The Other Border Wall Prototypes (non-concrete materials). These were to be strong, 18'x30' high, resistant to pick axes, aesthetically pleasing on the U.S. side, and unscalable by humans.
On April 4, 2017 three artists and designers submitted a proposal to the government RFQ under the name JM Design Studio as a form of resistance and critique, with six original ideas including walls of hammocks, pipe organs, and lighthouses. Our proposal went viral with 10 others selected by the media, out of the nearly 400 submitted to CBP. That action was Phase One of our continuing resistance to "Trump's Wall". We are now in Phase Two, which includes the open call for public engagement detailed here.