Tijuana Artist Transforms US-Mexico Border Fence

Enrique Chiu aims to make something inspirational out of something oppressive and ugly with his mural project that has canvassed a mile of the US-Mexico border wall with community art.

Like many of us, Enrique Chiu has lived a cross-border life. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he first crossed the border into the United States with his mother when he was eight years old. After living in Los Angeles without status for a year, they then returned to Mexico. Later, Enrique returned to the U.S. on a student visa to attend Cal State Long Beach, and stayed for 12 years.

Ten years ago, Enrique moved to Tijuana. It was there that he launched his vision to create the largest outdoor mural in the world, Mural de la Hermandad, or the Brotherhood Mural. The project covers over 1 mile of the US-Mexico border wall with art, or 18,000 square meters, and earned him a Guinness World Record for the largest outdoor mural.

He has since enlisted help from over 3000 volunteers to cover over a mile of the border wall on the Mexican side in Tijuana with art, as well as shorter stretches in Tecate, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Naco, and Reynosa.

This project suddenly became a movement. A spontaneous form of creativity and protest.

Check out our trip down to Tijuana where Enrique’s Mural is the focus of LatiNation’s latest episode:



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