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- A California artist is building a border wall out of expired cotija cheese to make a point about President Donald Trump’s border wall.
- Cosimo Cavallaro has already raised enough money to make a six-foot-tall, 25-foot-long wall out of 200 blocks of cheese.
- His GoFundMe page says he wants to extend the wall’s length to 1,000 feet if he raises enough money.
- He told McClatchy that critics of his cheese wall should ask themselves why they “can see the waste in this [cheese] wall, but you can’t see the waste in a $10 billion wall?”
A California artist is building a border wall of his own, laying down brick by brick of expired cotija cheese to try and prove that President Donald Trump’s wall is a waste of the country’s resources.
Cosimo Cavallaro, a Los Angeles-based artist, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the wall, which he hopes will stretch 6 feet high and up to 1,000 feet long. Each block made of spoiled milk costs $100, according to his GoFundMe page, and he’s already raised enough to fund a 25-foot-long wall out of 200 blocks.
“There’s a humor in this. The idea is: This is a wall of cheese, it’s perishable,” Cavallaro told McClatchy. “People will say, ‘This is a waste.'”
He said people should take that conclusion one step further and ask themselves why they “can see the waste in this [cheese] wall, but you can’t see the waste in a $10 billion wall?”
Trump declared a national emergency in February to secure enough funds to build the wall, after Congress refused to provide him the $5.7 billion he’d demanded. A major influx of Central American migrant families in recent months has fueled Trump’s argument that the border is in a state of “crisis” that only a wall can solve.
Though Congress attempted to reverse Trump’s declaration, the House of Representatives failed on Tuesday to summon enough votes to override a presidential veto.
Cavallaro wrote on his GoFundMe page that the heated national debate over the border wall in recent months inspired him to finally put his long-planned cheese wall plan into action.
“If it takes a Cheese Wall at the border to make people look at the ‘wall’ in a different way, that’s what Cosimo will create,” he wrote on the campaign page.
He’s even begun selling cheese-related merchandise through his website, www.cheesewall.com, including a hoodie with an image of a cheese grater to form the pun, “Make America Grate Again.”
Cavallaro has long specialized in creating artwork out of perishable food, including cheese, ketchup, and even chocolate.
“When you cover a room in cheese, or in ketchup, or in food, you can’t rip that off anymore. That experience is so visceral and so real – it lives in your mind,” Cavallaro said in a YouTube video announcing the project. “This wall is a documentation of our times. This is a moment that we’re talking about an issue, about walls. I think it’s very important that artists create something that lasts in our time to see what’s happening.”
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