...And Stay Out!
Architect Antoine Predock captured tried to capture the irony in his wall that wasn't a wall. His intent was to "dematerialize" the object with
an earthwork of rammed, tilted dirt [that] would be pushed into place by Mexican day laborers. Crushed rock scattered before it, and heated from below, would appear to lift it off the ground, in the way that heat in the desert appears to make objects hover, like mirages.
"There would be confusion about the materiality of the wall," Mr. Predock explained. "It would discourage you from crossing, but the message from both sides would be one of good will."
I'm glad that they can sort of laugh about it. Yet, I'm afraid that humor, even an attempt to design solutions to "defy ugly problems," cannot solve the problem that such an insidious idea was broached in the first place. What doesn't receive much attention &mdash certainly not the