Children and parents are playing on pink seesaws may seem like a normal scene on a playground. People are laughing and talking to each other while playing.
However, this playground is quite different. These custom-built seesaws are placed on both sides of a slatted steel border fence that separates the United States and Mexico.
The idea for a “Teeter-Totter Wall” came from Ronald Rael, an architecture professor at the UC-Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State University. It takes a long time before their idea materializes.
In 2009, the two genius planned a concept for a binational seesaw at the border for a book, “Border wall as Architecture” which uses “humor and inventiveness to address the futility of building barriers,”
Ten years later, their conceptual drawings became a reality. Rael and his crew transported the seesaws to Sunland Park, New Mexico, separated by a steel fence from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
People especially children from two countries came together to play in a “unifying act,” the University of California said in a statement.
In his Instagram post, Rael said the event was “filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the border wall.”
“The wall became a literal fulcrum for the U.S -Mexico relations 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,” he wrote.
This story of the seesaws in the border proves that there is still hope for humanity. We can still act as one and progress towards the future. We are looking forward to more projects like this in the future.