Artist wants to make the US-Mexico border fence invisible

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

The current border between the United States and Mexico has a length of 3,185 kilometer, traversing four US states and six Mexican states.

Ana Teresa Fernandez, is an artist born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, and is currently leading a group of volunteers who are helping her paint the border blue, in order to make it invisible, or at least as less visible as it can be by mixing it with the color of the sky.

The area being painted is located in Nogales, Sonora, which borders with Nogales, Arizona. And to accomplish this task Fernandez enlisted the help of 30 volunteers.

Frontera

Imag Source: Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez paints the Sonora border fence blue to "lower the sky" as part of the art installation, "Borrando la Frontera," or "Erasing the Border," in Nogales, Mexico,Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. VALERIA FERNANDEZ, AP

Quoted in an article published in CBS News, Ana Teresa assures that these walls have become a symbol of pain, and the artist seeks to create with her art a visual platform on human rights internationally.

Neither the Mexican authorities nor American interrupted the painters while they were covering the walls of blue sky. Susannah Castro, a member of the Border Community Alliance, was the one who invited Fernandez to realize this project and said that the Mexican authorities were notified, and they had no objection.

This is not the first time Ana Teresa paints a piece of the fence border, because in 2012 she painted one on a beach in Tijuana.

"It's not erasing the border, it's pulling the sky down to us," assured Fernandez regarding her project.

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