• 'Make America Grate Again': Artist creates cheese wall at US-Mexico border

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    TECATE, Calif. - A Los Angeles artist noted for making political statements has taken President Donald Trump’s call for a border wall to heart. He thinks it’s a gouda idea.

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    Cosimo Cavallaro is building a wall of spoiled cheese next to the border in Tecate, California, promising to “Make America Grate Again,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Cavallaro has already stacked 200 blocks of cotija, which is a hard, crumbly cow’s milk cheese from the Mexican state of Michoacán, the newspaper reported.

    This is a wall that is perishable," Cavallaro told KNSD. "It will dissolve in time, like all walls should, because walls are fear." 

    Cavallaro said he wants the wall to be 1,000 feet long and 6 feet high, the television station reported. He has been raising money online to cover the costs of the cheese. The blocks weigh 50 pounds apiece and cost $100 each, the Times reported.

    Cavallaro tried to find a good location along the border to build his wall and settled on a 14-acre plot of land in southeastern San Diego County, the newspaper reported. He said he had wanted to build the wall for several years, but he put the dream into motion after Trump was elected president in November 2016.

    “This has been on my mind for many years, but when he became president, it became obvious that was the place to do it,” Cavallaro told the Times.

    Cavallaro enjoys working with perishable items. Previously, he created a 200-pound sculpture of Jesus made out of chocolate he named “My Sweet Lord,” the newspaper reported. He also has filled a room in Wyoming with melted mozzarella.

    Cavallaro insisted his wall of cheese at the border is not political, the Times reported. He said people are simply better off without walls.

    “It sounds cheesy, but just love one another,” Cavallaro told the newspaper.

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