Remember happy times in the park with friends? Flying high on the swings, getting dizzy on the roundabout and of course, bouncing up and down on the seesaw!
Imagine the delight of seeing a set of giant pink seesaws crossing the border wall between US and Mexican at El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Of course, once they realised it was not a mirage, children and adults from both sides came out to play!
The brainchild of Ronald Rael, professor of architecture at Berkeley, UC and Virginia San Fratello, associate professor of design at San José State University and based on a project they worked on 10 years ago.
Rael posted on Instagram: “One of the most incredible experiences of my and @vasfsf’s career bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall from 2009 in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the border wall. The wall became a literal fulcrum for US — 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.”
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One of the most incredible experiences of my and @vasfsf’s career bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall from 2009 in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall. The wall became a literal fulcrum for 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. Amazing thanks to everyone who made this event possible like Omar Rios @colectivo.chopeke for collaborating with us, the guys at Taller Herrería in #CiudadJuarez for their fine craftsmanship, @anateresafernandez for encouragement and support, and everyone who showed up on both sides including the beautiful families from Colonia Anapra, and @kerrydoyle2010, @kateggreen , @ersela_kripa , @stphn_mllr , @wakawaffles, @chris_inabox and many others (you know who you are). #raelsanfratello #borderwallasarchitecture #teetertotterwall #seesaw #subibaja
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