“Wall of Liberty” is an installation proposal by Cat Chap in collaboration with Irit Abir for building the United States/Mexico border wall. This dystopian-ironic concept suggests building a continuous chain of Statues of Liberty along the US/Mexico border. “The wall of connected concrete bases will protect the American people from any alien invasion,” says Mr. Chap. “Yet the American Spirit, so wonderfully represented and identified with the iconic image of the original Statue of Liberty, will keep on inspiring generations of people, who will not benefit from actually entering its borders.”
Since the design consists of a modular repeating unit, the massive concrete foundation can be naturally based in the diverse changing topography along the border line. Its foundations can be set into all kinds of existing ground, whether soil or deep water.
While the connected concrete base blocks any attempted entrance, the repetitive copper figures, all facing south, will serve to inspire the failed, humbly retreating. “We trust the irony will not be wasted on them,” Mr. Chap notes.
Oded Ezer is a typographer and designer who under the pseudonym Cat Chap is an artist working in between the fields of conceptual and pop-art, mixing mainstream, popular and industrial objects and images with low and high technologies to create prints, installations and videos. Since Cat Chap was “born,” he has already exhibited “Oops” and “DeTech” at the Hansen gallery in Jerusalem.
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