The Other Border Wall Proposals, 2017
Submitted by J.M. Design Studio
Ink drawings on paper, text, scanned and submitted as a PDF document
About: The Other Border Wall Proposals were submitted by J.M. Design Studios on April 4, 2017 to the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security for their "Other Border Wall" Request For Qualifications. J.M. Design Studio submitted six original ideas.
See original PDF that we submitted here
Donald Trump ran his campaign for presidency on the promise that he would build a "big, beautiful wall" between the US and Mexico. On January 25, 2017, as one of the first Presidential Executive Orders, he signed into legislation the ‘Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,’ that states “the [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary shall take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border."
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. The deadline for submissions was April 4, 2017.
On April 4, 2017 three artists and designers submit 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.. This becomes a quick lesson in how viral media operates and that a small intervention can have a big impact - even something as small as a sketch in ink on paper. It confirmed that it is doing something small can have a big impact and all forms of resistance - great and tiny - are necessary. We committed to remain in dogged step throughout each phase of this horrific wall proposal and in solidarity with the movement against it.