Border Wall Architecture Project: How Seesaws Brough A Nation To Its Knees

How hot pink boards brought a nation to its knees

I know I’m a bit late to the game here, but this will always be worth talking about for what it accomplished while it existed. For those who haven’t heard, Ronald Rael – a professor of architecture – and co. installed bright pink seesaws at the border wall in Juarez.

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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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Although it was up for only a few hours (with strong assurances from border patrol that no goods or services were transported across the border), the installation stands as an example of how creativity can alter even hostile situations, and bring joy to our lives.

Photo credit: Rael San Fratello