TECATE, Mexico — On a November morning in this quiet border city in the Sierra de Juarez mountains, Enrique Chiu sketches Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of knowledge, on the ribbed, rusted metal fence that separates one nation from another.
Children have gathered to help him decorate the deity, who is part-snake, part-bird, on this section of the wall. On other parts of the fence, in border cities like Tijuana and Mexicali, artists, residents and students have also volunteered to paint.
“Nobody likes the wall, so I’m going to use it like a canvas,” Chiu said.
As the Trump administration pushes forward on the president’s pledge to build a “big, beautiful” new border wall, Chiu, a Mexican-born, American-educated artist is working to turn the old one into a masterpiece.
Chiu launched his project, called the Mural of Brotherhood, last December, after Trump was elected on a platform of nationalist politics and widespread anti-immigrant sentiments. The U.S. is now …