Büchel believes Trump’s wall prototypes should be recognized for their aesthetic value and declared a national monument.
The prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Photo courtesy of Christoph Büchel/MAGA.
For artist Christoph Büchel, Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the US and Mexico isn’t just a $70 billion “Keep Out” sign to our southern neighbors. He believes the eight government-commissioned wall prototypes erected outside San Diego are works of art. That’s why he has launched a petition calling for their preservation and protection, comparing them to Stonehenge or 20th-century land art by the likes of Donald Judd. At a cost of $3.3 million taxpayer dollars, the prototypes would comprise one of the more expensive publicly funded art projects in recent history, if Büchel has his way.
Though the border wall remains a hot-button issue, Büchel isn’t trying to critique it. “My political position, that’s not interesting in this context,” he told the New York Times. “When you look at it here, and you see everything, it’s quite a strong conceptual impact. Visually it is really striking. That’s why this should be preserved, because it talks so much about our history.”