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Mexican Designer Comes Up With Grappling Hooks to Overcome Trump's Border Wall Prototypes 

click to enlarge Each of the eight grappling hooks in Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas' series is  designed to overcome one of the prototypes for Trump's border wall. - VIA RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ CÁRDENAS' WEBSITE
  • Via Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas' website
  • Each of the eight grappling hooks in Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas' series is designed to overcome one of the prototypes for Trump's border wall.
The Trump-in-diapers balloon recently hovering over London may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to artists trolling the shit out of our commander in chief.

Mexican artist and designer Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas has developed a series of grappling hooks, each specially designed to snag atop of one of the eight prototypes developed for President Trump's pinche border wall.

The pieces are inspired by the federally funded wall 
click to enlarge Cárdenas (right) prepares for an exhibition in Chicago. - VIA CÁRDENAS' WEBSITE
  • Via Cárdenas' website
  • Cárdenas (right) prepares for an exhibition in Chicago.
prototypes erected between San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico. And while we're not experts in metalworking, the rebar-constructed hooks look easy for potential border-crossers to replicate at home — which may well be the artist's point.

Cárdenas' told online publication Designboom that his "Mending Wall" series is intended to show the practicality of overcoming borders. It's named after a Robert Frost poem about two neighbors who meet yearly to repair a wall dividing their properties.

"While the relationship between the United States and Mexico has rarely been easy, the two countries which share a border have many years of successful bilateral relations," Cárdenas said in a statement posted on his website. "Despite the threat of physical barriers, the two countries are forever entwined – no wall or President will change that."

Perhaps illustrating that fluidity, Cárdenas hails from Oaxaca, Mexico, but now resides in Chicago.

The majority of Texans oppose Trump's proposed $25 billion border wall, and scientists have warned that it could cause significant damage to the state's sensitive ecosystems.

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