"The Iron River Border Map" by Cheryl Nickel
In September of 2108, The Urban Art Shop worked with artist Cheryl Nickel on her latest project "The Iron River Border Map", a 17-foot Mixed Media piece composed of steel, wood, corrugated plastic, plexiglass, and vinyl.
From the Artist:
"This large steel Border Map illustrates what has become notoriously dubbed the “Iron River”, a metaphor first used by law enforcement in reference to the multitude of gun shops that stretch approximately 2,000 miles (3,219 km) along the U.S.-Mexico Border from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. There are over 6,700 Licensed Firearms Dealers on the U.S. side of the border (equals over 3 per mile (2 per kilometer) average. The Border Map depicts the locations and densities of Licensed Firearms Dealers."
Clyde at UAS worked diligently with the artist, cutting and printing the various corrugated plastic, plexiglass, and vinyl elements that made up the puzzle-like map. The piece is on view now at Centro Estatal De Las Artes Tijuana, Mexico.