kids on seesaw at U.S. Mexico border

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Artists install seesaw at border wall in New Mexico

Without prompting, kids nearby came to play on the seesaws.

July 30, 2019 - 3:47 pm
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(KFTK) — Two artists installed teeter-totters along the Southern U.S. border in New Mexico to create a binational playground.

 Ronald Rael, an architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State University developed the idea back in 2009.

Ten years later, the idea has come to fruition in Sunland Park, New Mexico — across the border wall from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Togetherness.

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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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