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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

581 comments

  • Royal S.
    01/23/2021 14:28

    Nice to seen the former Mexicans and future Americans!! 🚨😀💉😀🚨

  • Tommy G.
    01/22/2021 09:22

    Let’s go to the border and have a sesaw

  • Preslee M.
    01/21/2021 14:24

    They Are gonna be launching mfers over the wall now 🤦

  • Lynda B.
    01/21/2021 12:59

    Now tear it down!!!!! No walls needed.

  • Gulshan C.
    01/21/2021 11:58

    Its not unifying children, its a constant reminder to Mexican kids that they don't belong on US land, so keep swinging on the other side!!

  • Rey N.
    01/21/2021 03:51

    ma seesaw nlg mn ta tni hahahahaha

  • Shane R.
    01/20/2021 21:20

    😁

  • Dennis F.
    01/20/2021 20:38

    That’s a sick ideas trump is like hitler

  • Dennis F.
    01/20/2021 20:37

    Real stale idea 💡 trump made a wall like the Berlin Wall hitlers way of getting rid of the Jews that’s evil 🦹‍♀️ trumps the same same way

  • Rocky K.
    01/20/2021 18:06

    I wait this

  • Yas Y.
    01/20/2021 17:23

    I want an American Girl to sit still on my long hard steel so i can lift her up and down . Make her happy!!

  • Martin J.
    01/20/2021 15:51

    How come they didn’t put any of these at the Canadian border? You’re welcome 😊

  • Mary C.
    01/20/2021 15:42

    I love this uk

  • Maggie S.
    01/20/2021 14:46

    ....day trip...😃

  • Jose S.
    01/20/2021 14:39

    jajaj vamos a tener que ir a dar colita

  • Nu A.
    01/20/2021 13:03

    Wonderful ideas.

  • Javeria L.
    01/20/2021 12:03

    That Idea is pretty much good, people will know each other from this beautiful classification!

  • Massa M.
    01/20/2021 11:57

    ✌🏽💯

  • Betsy P.
    01/20/2021 11:48

    This is so wonderful

  • Stacey B.
    01/20/2021 11:23

    They put THAT USELESS wall to the PERFECT USR...HAVE FUN KIDS 🤣🤣Thanks for the Playground donnie 🤣🤣

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