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.”


07/30/2019 9:12 PMupdated: 07/31/2019 2:35 PM
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  • Drew A.
    07/30/2019 21:25

    Should use them as a catapult👶🏿🆙️🤾🏿‍♂️

  • Joe Y.
    07/30/2019 21:29

    Did that lady actually say “It’s really sad that we are separated by a barrier because there are Mexicans in America as well as Americans in Mexico.” ???? Have you ever seen what Mexico does to people who illegally cross their southern border? I can tell you there ain’t no seesaws and love down there.

  • Brut
    07/30/2019 21:39

    He's the man behind the seesaw installation — Ronald Rael.

  • Carol B.
    07/30/2019 21:42

    if they miss their Country send them back

  • Maye C.
    07/30/2019 22:28

    aquí está la historia completa 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Terry C.
    07/30/2019 23:53

    The world's most expensive seesaw

  • Robyn F.
    07/31/2019 00:00

    Question from a Canadian ignorant on the answer. If you ‘illegally’ seek to come across the border and end up in a cage. Can you just ask to go back? Or is it too late? You have to have your court date/etc? Why not just give each person a court time to show up and leave them in Mexico?

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  • Brut
    07/31/2019 01:46

    "The people that I was working with were more criminal than the people I was arresting every day." This is the behavior a former border patrol agent witnessed from her peers.

  • Joyce A.
    07/31/2019 01:48

    This is wonderful! We need more like this.

  • Debbie G.
    07/31/2019 04:47

    I love this idea.

  • Peter L.
    07/31/2019 04:48

    TIME UNTIL TRUMP LEAVES OFFICE 538 days : 22 hours : 12 minutes : 58 seconds

  • Alex A.
    07/31/2019 04:52

    Does anyone remember the Berlin Wall or am i just tripping tf out rn?

  • Ismail K.
    07/31/2019 05:49

    🌷good frend

  • ادريس ا.
    07/31/2019 10:10

    At least no mines and you wouldn’t be shot dead if you come too close to the wall for the last 60years this is what’s happening on Turkish border with Iraq and Syria to separate Kurds on the both sides of the line that was drawn by British and French 70 years ago.

  • Marlyn C.
    07/31/2019 13:14


  • Earl S.
    07/31/2019 18:00

    Play what your C stalls all you want you coming to this country legally go through the process everyone is welcome it's when you cross illegally that's the problem go get your paperwork done properly And you're welcome to this country abide by our rules unless you're a Democrat

  • Bud C.
    07/31/2019 18:27

    Go home that way you can be together easy fix bunch of dumb ppl

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