January - December 2017
Donald Trump ran his campaign for the 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 we three artists and designers submitted a proposal to the government RFQ under the name J.M. 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 became a quick lesson in how viral media operates: a small intervention can have a big impact - even something as small as a sketch in ink on paper can enter the public conversation and create a form of resistance and critique.
From this small but important gesture we become committed to remain in dogged step throughout each phase of this horrific wall proposal and in solidarity with the movement against it. Each phase will take a different shape and form but the intention of sustained resistance continues at the core.
The Other Border Wall Proposals, 2017
Submitted by J.M. Design Studio
Ink drawings on paper, text, scanned and submitted as a PDF document
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 as six original ideas in a ten-page PDF document. See original PDF that we submitted here
To see the press we got, go here.