The Mamertine Group conceived a 1,950 mile prison-wall along the Mexican-American border to house, process, and assimilate or remove approximately 11 million undocumented foreign nationals.
Imagined as a continuous, self-sufficient city with shopping, health care, residences for prison staff, and other facilities required to sustain life, the impenetrable prison-wall, underwriting the integrity and sovereignty of the United States, duplicates the nation it protects from the outside.
The Mamertine Group had the privilege of collaborating with Estudio Pi, a forward-looking Mexican design firm, on architectural renderings of the prison-wall. The cross-border collaboration produced a design that echoes Luis Barragáns’ emblematically Mexican pink walls. Working under the art direction of Leonardo Diaz-Boroli of Estudio Pi and Hassanaly Ladha of the Mamertine Group, the intern program at Estudio Pi developed images of the structure in various border landscapes (hills, the desert, a border crossing over a river, a city, and the urban landscape of Tijuana), floor plans, and iconography.
We hope that the visuals will allow the public to imagine the policy proposal in all of its gorgeous perversity.