Jul 30, 2019
Two California professors built three pink seesaws on the U.S.-Mexico border to allow families to play together and to bring "joy, excitement, and togetherness" to both sides of the divide.
As The Guardian reported:
Installed along the steel border fence on the outskirts of El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, the seesaws are the invention of Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State University, who first came up with the concept 10 years ago.
The wall installation quickly garnered praise on Twitter:
\u201cArt is such a powerful vehicle for change. \n\nA beautiful installation at our southern border that reminds us that: \u201cActions that take place on one side have direct consequences on the other.\u201d\nWe are all connected. \nWe are all one. \ud83d\udc9a\nhttps://t.co/NaREd5Vd7z\u201d— RAICES (@RAICES) 1564444973
Artists installed seesaws at the border wall so that kids in the U.S. and Mexico could play together. It was designed by architect Ronald Rael.
Beautiful reminder that we are connected: what happens on one side impacts the other.
-- Mauricio Martinez (@martinezmau) July 30, 2019
\u201cThe symbolism of the seesaw is just magical. A #Border fence will not keep us from our neighbors. Que bella idea usar un subibajas para unir las comunidades de ambas naciones.\u201d— Claudia Trist\u00e1n (@Claudia Trist\u00e1n) 1564435701
Rael unveiled the seesaw installation in an Instagram post Monday.
"The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.-Mexico relations," said Rael, "and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side."
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