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Seesaws at Border Bring People Together

These seesaws at the U.S.-Mexico border are connecting people and families through play. This architecture professor created the installation as a form of protest and to show how actions have direct consequences.

A beautiful reminder that we are connected

Architect Ronald Rael installed 3 pink seesaws on the U.S.-Mexico border between Sunland Park, New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The Teeter-Totter Wall was originally designed in 2009 by Rael and Virginia San Fratello. They drew the design of the “Teeter-Totter Wall” for the book “Borderwall as Architecture,” which UC-Berkeley said uses “humor and inventiveness to address the futility of building barriers.” Ten years later, their conceptual drawings became reality.

“What is done on one side has an impact on the other. And that is what a seesaw does, it goes up and goes down. Exactly that. It's really sad that something like a barrier separates us… because there are Mexicans on that side of the border, just as there are Americans on this side, and to wonder what we can do to see each other. Beautiful reminder that we are connected: what happens on one side impacts the other. Here at the wall — well we felt something very beautiful because to live with those on the other side and spend and enjoy a moment — well it's very nice for us. Civilization is nothing without the support & understanding between neighbors & nations,” Ronald Rael shares.

They installed it to connect and unify children at the border according to the UC Press. Rael says the seesaws are a symbol of how actions have direct consequences on the other side. Pink seesaws were installed between a fence separating the United States from Mexico to encourage people on both sides to meet up and have some fun. There was “no advance planning for participants on the Mexico side of the fence,” the university said. In an Instagram post, Rael said the event was “filled with joy, excitement and togetherness at the border wall.”

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07/30/2019 9:12 PMupdated: 07/31/2019 2:35 PM
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573 comments

  • Fred J.
    03/13/2020 00:16

    I pray for God to be with all of you God bless you and your Familys Amen

  • Erick S.
    03/12/2020 20:19

    Ya for about 3 hours then removed

  • Charlie Z.
    03/12/2020 18:13

    Stay away from the wall. There is absolutely no need to go near it without bad intentions.

  • Johnny C.
    03/12/2020 17:34

    Good thing to teach these kids you can play with the white kids just stay on your side of the fence

  • Devin S.
    03/12/2020 13:30

    That barrier isnt separating you from loved ones. You can go back on the other side whenever you want..

  • Joseph S.
    03/12/2020 11:54

    We should all join as 1

  • George Z.
    03/12/2020 11:46

    They all should be shot

  • Andrew F.
    03/12/2020 06:59

    He was trying to invent a way to launch over the wall.

  • Freddy R.
    03/12/2020 02:28

    I respect people from Mexico but if you want to come here do it right do it legal there's nothing wrong with that

  • Steve D.
    03/12/2020 01:34

    To bad they don’t pump water or generate electricity while they play on them!

  • Jason P.
    03/11/2020 12:54

    Hahahaha

  • Bryan V.
    03/11/2020 11:27

    Keep building the walls. Tired of my taxes going for people who are just gonna live off the system and have better lives then citizens

  • Kimberly A.
    03/11/2020 08:39

    Sucks how people already forgot about the mexican children that are still detained in the cold

  • Paul B.
    03/11/2020 08:17

    Whatever...this is such a load of crap , a country has borders , why don’t you show the southern border of Mexico ? See what that looks like ? ... hm? Oh because no one cares of that side right ? Please ,stop being influenced in your beliefs and open your own eyes and look around !

  • Dave H.
    03/11/2020 01:13

    Build the wall....solid!!

  • Chris H.
    03/11/2020 00:56

    That's a dam catapult

  • David G.
    03/10/2020 23:00

    It's so stupid to think illegals from Mexico bring in more drugs than Americans going to Mexico to bring them back it's less risky and cheaper

  • Michael D.
    03/10/2020 19:46

    Wall

  • Alex E.
    03/10/2020 16:24

    Trump supporters 💩🖕🖕🖕🖕 Pendejos idiots dont like me speaking spanish PENDEJOS😂

  • Andrew B.
    03/10/2020 13:47

    Did they make seesaws on the Guatemala/Mexico border wall as well?