In this era of heightened global tension around immigration issues, public artists explore the meaning of borders—and help us break down barriers, become better neighbors, and sit down together to share stories.

Aerial view looks down upon a fence crossed by pink teeter totters on which children play, with adults gathered around the children on both sides

Teeter-Totter Wall: Play as Resistance

Three pink steel beams were installed as seesaws through the U.S.-Mexico border fence. For 40 minutes, children and adults on both sides played together | Rael San Fratello, U.S.-Mexico Border

Floating figures make a vivid statement about the plight of refugees

Safety Orange Swimmers elicit powerful reactions | Ann Hirsch + Jeremy Angier, Boston

From powerful portraits to performance and advice space

A stage, photo gallery, and wall of viewer responses | CarryOn Homes, Minneapolis

Night Watch

A silent film of people granted asylum in the United States | Shimon Attie, New York City

A fence intended to bridge the U.S.-Mexico border

This floating fence aims to mend the divide | Postcommodity, Douglas, Arizona

Sea Cemetery

A floating memorial to Syrian refugees | BWA ISTANBUL and Support to Life, Turkish coast

Migrating Together Daily

Commuting through migrant communities | Laura Deutch & Shira Walinsky, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Migration Stories, Both Bitter and Loved, Better Shared

Finding common ground in the sea | Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser, Nettuno, Italy

When Fences Make Good Neighbors

What fences mean in tense times | Ai Weiwei, New York, New York

Open Source Philadelphia

Bringing artists to the streets of Philadelphia | Pedro Alonzo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania