Press Release


Otay Mesa, San Diego, California
Beginning December 21, 2017

 © AP Photo / Elliott Spagat

© AP Photo / Elliott Spagat

MAGA, a United States-based non-profit art organization, is proud to announce the launch of the major land art exhibition PROTOTYPES.

PROTOTYPES consists of the eight border wall prototypes commissioned by the United States government and built as models for testing and evaluation for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art. PROTOTYPES thus also consists of a petition campaign to designate the eight border wall prototypes a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, legislation that protects significant natural, cultural, or scientific features on Federal land. The President of the United States can establish a national monument by presidential proclamation and the United States Congress can do so by legislation. With the help of the American people, invited to petition as part of PROTOTYPES, the eight border wall prototypes can be preserved and protected from demolition for all future generations of people.

To view the eight physical elements of PROTOTYPES, members of the public can participate in scheduled tours to the test site, which is close to the existing border fence south of San Diego, California near Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The tours will occur on a regular basis between December 21, 2017 and January 28, 2018, and will depart from San Diego, California, USA and Tijuana, Mexico.

President Trump proposed the continuous border wall between Mexico and the United States as a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign. On January 25, 2017, he issued, as one of the first Presidential Executive Orders, ‘Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,’ stating that “the [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary shall take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”

On March 17, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued two Requests for Proposals to acquire conceptual wall designs with the intent to construct multiple prototypes. One request called for “concrete wall design” and the other request called for “other than concrete wall design.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection awarded eight contracts to six companies to build the prototypes. Four are made of reinforced concrete, and another four incorporate additional construction materials. Construction of the eight full-scale prototypes began on September 26, 2017, giving companies 30 days to finish. The construction of the prototypes, all measuring around 30 feet (9.1 meters) tall, in the San Diego sector was completed on October 26, 2017.
Testing began in late November of 2017 with a view to “preventing breaching, digging and scaling attempts.”

The walls are part of a multi-pronged security strategy to prevent the illegal migration of people, drugs, and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism and are part of a border enforcement zone, which includes patrol roads, lights and surveillance technology.

With about $3.3 million contracted on the eight prototypes, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will use what it learned from the test walls toward a final design for the nearly 2,000-mile-long Southwest border.

To attend a tour of PROTOTYPES visit our website for tour information.

To sign the petition to designate the eight border wall prototypes a national monument, to preserve and protect them from demolition, please visit the petition page.

Please join the conversation with via the hashtags #MAGA #BorderWallPrototypes #prototypes #borderwall #NationalMonuments.