Mending Wall

by Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas

Mending Wall

There where it is we do not need the wall:

He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across

And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.

He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours.”

–Robert Frost, Mending Wall

Mending Wall is a series of eight grappling hooks, each designed to overcome a corresponding prototype of President Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. The federally funded border wall prototypes were constructed in 2017 in San Diego, California, right across the border from Tijuana, Mexico. While the relationship between The United States and Mexico has rarely been easy, the two countries which share a border have many years of successful bilateral relations. Despite the threat of physical barriers, the two countries are forever entwined–no wall or president will change that.

Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Designed Objects and Sculpture.

Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas blends sculpture and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He uses contextual design as his preferred approach to creating objects and sculpture pieces. His typologies and materials used in objects are often derived from design insights seen in his hometown Oaxaca, Mexico. These insights are mostly seen in architectural structures such as construction sites or temporary building arrangements which carry narrative and a graphic language of their own. Ramón’s themes are often delivered from contested structures. He defines this term as a physical space which an individual, community, or political power could tamper with and benefit from doing so.