A borderline charm offensive
The U.S.- Mexico border wall suddenly looks no more daunting than a playpen, said Gianluca Mezzofiore in Mashable.com. Testing the power of art to change hearts and minds, the French artist JR last week unveiled an “incredibly heartwarming” installation: a mammoth photographic print of a curious toddler who appears to be peering over the fence that separates Tecate, Mexico, from San Diego County, Calif. The dark-eyed boy—a 1-year-old Tecate resident—gently grips a section of the barrier, “leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle,” said Julie Watson in the Associated Press. Though JR isn’t the first artist who’s treated the border fence as a canvas, his contribution was completed just a day after the Trump administration announced its rescinding of legal protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.