“Nuestra Frontera” is a permanent art installation commissioned by the United States General Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, MX.
After consulting discussions with consulate personnel, who wanted a permanent piece of art in the patio waiting area of the facilities, the green light was given to replace the windows in said structure with engraved acrylic. A total of 36 panels work as a massive, one-of-its-kind installation that depicts the region created by the Juárez-El Paso community.
The layout and style of the piece was inspired by patterns and iconography created by Native Americans of the region, particularly the Mescalero Apaches and the Raramuri. The icons engraved are a collection of images representing the history, nature, culture, and more importantly, the bond between Juárez and El Paso. This project gave the creatives involved the opportunity to take back the narrative of the border by creating a piece that looked deep into the dynamics and reality of a binational and bicultural region.
Under the direction of Edgar (the project director), Haydee Alonso hand-drew the images found in the mural, Martín A. López vectorized the files, and Miguel E. Vargas created the 3D models used in the project. With a CNC machine, Justin J Leeah cut and engraved the panels to complete the project, which was unveiled in a ceremony on July 12, 2018.
Photos © Edgar Picazo 2018