Artist Christoph Büchel is petitioning to have the prototypes for Donald Trump’s border wall declared a national monument. The Swiss-Icelandic artist is also organising tours of the prototypes, built at a cost of $3.3m in federal funds and unveiled in October. Tickets cost $20 each and cover transportation, “professional guidance” in English and Spanish and refreshments, according to the website for Büchel’s strictly non-profit project, which is titled Prototypes and sponsored by the MAGA group (the acronym recalls the US president’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”; Büchel is behind the MAGA organisation). Tours depart from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, stopping at the Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura in Tijuana before continuing on to the border wall prototypes. Büchel’s reasoning behind the project?
“[The prototypes] need to be preserved because they can signify and change meaning through time.”
About The Artist
Christoph Büchel (born 1966) is a Swiss-Icelandic artist known for provocative contemporary installations. He received international attention for constructing a mosque in a Venice church and suggesting that prototypes for Donald Trump’s wall should be considered land ar