What if we built a model of Donald Trump’s border wall in virtual reality? Hold on, hold on, hear me out on this.
I started thinking about a VR wall after I watched this reality check of a clip from John Oliver:
It occurred to me that Google Earth VR would be the perfect place to erect an imaginary wall. One could simply define the U.S.-Mexico border and overlay an architectural mock-up of the wall on this rendered landscape. You could zoom in on portions of the wall, hover over it, lean a virtual ladder against it. It could be as tall as it is in Trump’s imagination, and would do just as good a job at protecting America from imaginary threats.
Better yet, we could let visitors to this virtual wall leave their mark on it via an app like Kingspray Graffiti Simulator:
Imagine, you zoom along the Rio Grande as a multitude of virtual vandals deface this symbol of paranoid nationalism with art and messages of dissent. But why stop at graffiti? What if we allowed visitors to our VR barrier to smash it with virtual sledgehammers and knock down portions of it with virtual bulldozers?
Over time, the wall would turn into the world’s biggest canvas, a cathartic, collective art project to unite people instead of dividing them. And I bet we could build it for a lot less than $20 billion.