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These Artists Tried 'Erasing' Parts Of The U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

They used gallons of sky blue paint for the optical illusion.

Over the weekend, artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and a group of volunteers with the BorderArte project took sky blue paint to parts of the wall along Mexico's border with the United States.

Their goal was to give the wall an illusion of transparency and to make a statement against the oppression it represents. The project -- titled "Borrando la Frontera," or "Erasing the Border" -- took place in three different locations along the Mexican side of wall: Ciudad Juárez, Agua Prieta and Mexicali.

  • Volunteers with the "Borrando la Frontera" project in Mexicali paint the border fence on Saturday.
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    Volunteers with the "Borrando la Frontera" project in Mexicali paint the border fence on Saturday.
  • Genaro Fernandez (left) and Dan Watman paint the fence sky blue to help give it the illusion of transparency.
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    Genaro Fernandez (left) and Dan Watman paint the fence sky blue to help give it the illusion of transparency.
  • They prepare to paint the border fence.
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    They prepare to paint the border fence.
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  • A group of volunteers painting the fence on Saturday. 
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    A group of volunteers painting the fence on Saturday. 
  • Part of the border fence is seen in Ciudad Juárez after artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and Border/Arte volunteers&nb
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    Part of the border fence is seen in Ciudad Juárez after artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and Border/Arte volunteers painted it on Saturday.
  • Ana Teresa Fernandez (in black) and Border/Arte members paint the fence in Ciudad Juárez. 
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    Ana Teresa Fernandez (in black) and Border/Arte members paint the fence in Ciudad Juárez. 
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  • Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
  • Part of the fence Mexicali after volunteers painted it. 
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    Part of the fence Mexicali after volunteers painted it. 
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