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3 STORIES HIGH X 35 FT. DEEP X 20 FT. WIDE OCCUPANCY 420 PEOPLE AT A TIME (210 IN MEXICO, 210 IN U.S.)
(70 PEOPLE PER LEVEL)
"Rise Above” was outlawed by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (see CBP letter below) citing fears of shots fired at CBP officers by Mexican Cartels, along with concerns the Bluetooth audio-video connection would facilitate weapons smuggling from the U.S. to Mexico and drug smuggling from Mexico to the U.S..
Rise Above is a pair of lookout towers that face each other across the U.S.-Mexico border. Three times as high as the border fence, crowds gather on both sides of the border to take in the view, wave and enjoy performances. With the upper levels wired for sound, an audience in Douglas, AZ can watch and dance to a salsa band playing on the upper level in Agua Prieta, Mexico, or an audience in Agua Prieta might watch a play performed on the middle level in Douglas. The towers double as outdoor art galleries, with rotating exhibitions by local and internationally acclaimed artists.