Shipped as of December 9th
Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the border, Tecate, Mexico - U.S.A, 2017
Edition of 500
Produced and numbered by The Skateroom in 2019
Studio Stamped CoA by the artist
Made of 7 ply Grade A Canadian Maple wood
Top-print includes printed signature of the artist
2 wall mounts included per deck
In September 2012, the French artist JR installed a monumental photograph of a curious toddler overlooking the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. Recently, on the last day of that installation, JR launched another site-specific project: an international picnic, with hundreds of people sharing a meal across the fence. JR took a photo of the eyes of a “Dreamer,” one of the young undocumented immigrants who falls under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Then he turned the photo into a surface that visitors could eat off: one eye was on a table in Tecate, on the Mexican side of the border, while the other eye was on a tarp in Tecate, Calif.
At first, JR thought nobody would show up to his picnic. He wasn’t able to publicize it online, since an advance announcement would have likely resulted in a shutdown by the U.S. Border Patrol, so he had to rely on word of mouth. At 12:30 p.m., nobody was there. “I thought, Oh, maybe it’s just going to be a few of us,” he says. By 1 p.m. there were dozens, and by 2 p.m. hundreds of people had shown up to share the meal.
“The table goes through the wall, and the people eat the same food and drink the same water and listen to the same music,” JR says. “For a minute we were forgetting about it, passing salt and water and drinks as if there were no wall.”
Each deck measures approx. 31x8in (80x20cm)
The Skateroom’s main aim is to empower young people around the globe using art and skateboarding. From graffiti and street art to fine art and photography, The Skateroom’s decorative decks appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts alike.
Each time The Skateroom releases a new artist range, part of the proceeds are donated to Skateistan – an NGO that works with young people in Afghanistan and Cambodia. The Skateroom uses a 5:25 policy: it donates 5% of the turnover or 25% of the profit from every sale – whichever number is greater.