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Migrants, Mayra, Picnic... Skateboard Deck by JR

fabricated by The Skateroom
Based on MIGRANTS, MAYRA, PICNIC ACROSS THE BORDER, TECATE, MEXICO - U.S.A (2017)
one skateboard deck
7-ply Canadian Maplewood with screen-print
31 h. x 8 inches
mounting hardware included
edition of 500
top print includes printed signature of the artist
studio-stamped COA by the artist

SHIPPING NOTE: This item ships from Belgium. Please allow 5 - 7 business days for handling time.

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OBJECT DESCRIPTION


This skateboard deck comes ready to hang with mounting hardware and instructions and is part of a limited edition of 500. The top print features a printed signature.

In September 2012, the French artist JR installed a monumental photograph of a curious toddler overlooking the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. More recently, on the last day of that installation, JR launched another site-specific project: an international picnic, with hundreds of people sharing a meal across the fence. JR took a photo of the eyes of a “Dreamer,” one of the young undocumented immigrants who falls under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Then he turned the photo into a surface that visitors could eat off: one eye was on a table in Tecate, on the Mexican side of the border, while the other eye was on a tarp in Tecate, California.

At first, JR thought nobody would show up to his picnic. He wasn’t able to publicize it online, since an advance announcement would have likely resulted in a shutdown by the U.S. Border Patrol, so he had to rely on word of mouth. At 12:30 p.m., nobody was there. “I thought, Oh, maybe it’s just going to be a few of us,” he says. By 1 p.m. there were dozens, and by 2 p.m. hundreds of people had shown up to share the meal.

“The table goes through the wall, and the people eat the same food and drink the same water and listen to the same music,” JR says. “For a minute we were forgetting about it, passing salt and water and drinks as if there were no wall.”

Our partners at The Skateroom, who collaborated with the artist to make this edition, donate a significant part of their profit to support social initiatives that make the world a better place.