A Team of Volunteers Painted a Blue Border to Symbolize Hope

By: Christopher Magsambol - Nov 4, 2015
References: phoenixnewtimes & hyperallergic
A group of volunteers embarked on a Mexican border project that was created to symbolize hope among the local community. The team painted a 50 foot stretch of the 200-mile border blue, to blend in with the sky, visually erasing the border.

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández came equipped with paint, brushes and passionate volunteers to not only create a piece of art, but make a bold political statement. For Fernández, the success of her Mexican border project is measured by the uplifting impact it made on the community. The borders represent a physical wound and separation between the two countries, but painting it and making it disappear signals a sense of hope that one day the fence will no longer exist. The outpouring of support for Fernández's project has prompted her to work with other communities in her quest for borderless societies.