NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.
Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.
"Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers" opens Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Columbus. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps.
One of the exhibit’s goals is creating awareness about the wall, which can include low-grade sections in rural areas meant to stop vehicles and much stronger barriers in cities meant to stop people, Madsen said.
"People don’t generally have a chance to see something up close, at that level of detail, to know what’s going on out there," he said.
President Donald Trump has held out the possibility of a government shutdown before the November elections over his effort to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as Republican congressional leaders publicly urged him away from that path and predicted it wouldn’t occur. "Build the wall!" was a frequent rallying cry during Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Madsen has studied the border wall since his graduate school days 20 years ago. His photo exhibit consists of pictures taken with […]