Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.

JR Gives Mexico-U.S. Installation Viewers a Seat at the Table for “Giant Picnic”

Close to a month ago we were awe-inspired by the ever-so-timely, enormous baby installation that sat on the Tecate Mexico-United States border just south of San Diego. Back with yet another impressive and heart-warming piece to shake up any political or social tensions between countries, French artist JR gathered up folks for a picnic across border lines. By creating a table of opened eyes sitting on either side of the regional divide, JR congregated picnic goers to share a meal despite the installation being illegal on the U.S. side.

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When we opened our Instagram pages yesterday, we were delighted to see the “Giant Picnic” display staring at us and causing us to halt our speedy, social media feed swiping. The artist described his time this past weekend with “people eating the same food, sharing the same water, enjoying the same music (half of the band on each side) around the eye of a dreamer” while being able to “forget the wall for a minute.” Every public working we’ve seen of JR’s has been conceptually moving and calls on viewers to contemplate social, political, and economical measures. We look forward to seeing what’s next from the art talent and suggest you stay tuned by following the man on Insta.

Vanessa Feder

Junior Editor at Unrated.