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Teachers Install Seesaws On The Border Wall So That Kids In The US And Mexico Can Play Together

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Teachers Install Seesaws On The Border Wall So That Kids In The US And Mexico Can Play Together

A team of California professors designed and installed a Teetertotter Wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ronald Rael, Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virgina San Fratello, Associate Professor of Design at San Jose State, teamed up with Taller Herrería in Ciudad Juarez to create an installation of seesaws along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"[It is] one of the most incredible experiences of my and [Virginia's] career, bringing to life the conceptual drawings of the Teetertotter Wall...in an event filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall," writes Rael on Instagram.

 
 
 
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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

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"Togetherness," is San Fratello's simple, powerful caption.

 
 
 
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Togetherness.

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According to Rael, the wall demonstrates that people on both sides are "connected in meaningful ways...with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side."

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