Yes, That's a Giant Toddler Peering Over Border Wall

French artist JR erects giant photo in Tecate, Mexico
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2017 6:17 AM CDT
A US Border Patrol vehicle drives in front of the mural in Tecate.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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(Newser) – President Trump's DACA decision isn't the only thing causing a stir about immigration. A French artist known as JR has erected a giant photo of a toddler so that it appears the boy is peering over a border wall in Tecate, Mexico, toward the US side. And it's already drawing crowds on both sides of the border, along with plenty of selfies, reports the AP. No wonder: The kid is 65 feet tall. The photo is set up on scaffolding, as this image from the Mexican side shows.

JR, who usually puts his artwork on walls instead of over them, tells NPR that the inspiration for this one came during a dream one night. He envisioned a young kid looking over the wall, as if from a crib, and woke wondering, "What is he thinking?" While scouting for places to put up the project, he struck up a conversation with a Mexican woman at her home in Tecate. "There was a little kid looking at us the whole time with two hands on the side of his crib looking at us, and I was like, 'Damn he looks exactly like that kid I dreamed of.'" The image is expected to be in place for about a month. (Read more US-Mexico border stories.)

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