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On the Prototypes

On the Prototypes

by Eric Thornton

Published by Homie House Press

8"x60", 24 page, hand-folded concertina document consisting of black and white and color images of California and Tijuana, shot on film, with text.


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Thornton traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to capture the 2018 border wall prototypes. These prototypes were a US "contest" to design and test the would-be ultimate border, federal grants to build these eight structures were awarded to six private contractors. The Criteria involved: use of either concrete or alternative materials; a height of at least eighteen feet (some are up to thirty feet tall); resistance to tunneling under, drilling or blasting through, and scaling over; and having an aesthetically-appealing US-facing side, which blends in with and somehow beautifies the natural landscape.