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Artist Building A Cheese Wall On Mexican Border To 'Make America Grate Again'

Artist Building A Cheese Wall On Mexican Border To 'Make America Grate Again'

A controversial artist is taking a stand against Donald Trump's border wall, by building one of his own.

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Earlier this week, Cosimo Cavallaro started work on a six-foot high wall along the United States' border with the neighbouring country, made entirely from huge blocks of Mexican hard cheese.

Since Monday, when he began stacking the blocks in Tecate, California, the Los Angeles artist has completed 30 feet of the wall.

But with the cheesy blocks costing $200 a piece it's an expensive challenge, so Cavallaro has started a GoFundMe page and is selling t-shirts on his website, with the slogan 'Make America Grate Again', in order to help finance his protest.

The description on the page says: "[Cavallaro] believes all people-whether they are on this side of the U.S.-Mexico border or the other-are the same. Cosimo also recognises that at some point, we all feel like outsiders, so in some way, we can all feel like we're on the other side of 'the wall'."

The artist plans to build a 1,000-foot wall made entirely of cheese. Credit: cheesewall.com/alan shaffer/sarah cavallar
The artist plans to build a 1,000-foot wall made entirely of cheese. Credit: cheesewall.com/alan shaffer/sarah cavallar
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Speaking about the idea, the artist says he had been thinking about building a wall made of cheese, for years, as it is one of his favourite materials. But it wasn't until President Trump was elected promising to build a 'big, beautiful wall' along the country's border with Mexico that he decided it was the right time.

Looking back at his Italian heritage, Cavallaro said: "I like cheese. It's just part of my upbringing. I love the smell of it. It brings me back in time.

"I came down to see the border and realised - that's the context for my wall. It's about borders. It's about overcoming that boundary. I believe that as humans that's what we're here to experience. We come up against them, we overcome them and we keep growing."

His goal is to raise $300,000, which would allow him to finish the 1,000-foot-long construction.

He is trying to raise $300,000 to complete the wall over the next year. Credit: cheesewall.com/alan shaffer/sarah cavallar
He is trying to raise $300,000 to complete the wall over the next year. Credit: cheesewall.com/alan shaffer/sarah cavallar

And he's got a fair bit of time to get it done; according to local news, the artist has been given a year-long lease for the space.

But this isn't the first time Cavallaro has used food to create a piece of art - he's well-known for it.

According to Canadian newspaper, National Post, in the past he created a six-foot-tall sculpture of Jesus Christ called 'My Sweet Lord', made entirely of chocolate.

In another odd move he also covered room 114 of the Washington Jefferson Hotel in New York City, in 455 kilograms (1,000 lb) of melted mozzarella. What a mess.

Topics: Food, World News, Art, Interesting, US News, Donald Trump, politics

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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