Artist Installs Seesaws Through Border Fence So Children On Both Sides of Border Can Play Together
Ronald Rael says seesaws are a way for families on both sides of the border to connect
Seesaws are in just about every park playground in America.
Architecture professor Ronald Rael has now also put them through the fence. The seesaws are at the US-Mexico border at Ciudad Juarez. He did it along with San Jose State design associate professor Virginia San Fratello.
Children started taking to the pink plastic contraptions right away.
Shared the project on Instagram
On his Instagram feed, Rael calls the project and experience “one of the most incredible experiences” of his and San Fratello’s careers.
Rael shares how powerful this moment was for him. To see this moment so “filled with joy, excitement and togetherness” unfold at the border wall.
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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 Gauthier and many others (you know who you are). #raelsanfratello #borderwallasarchitecture
Kids getting to be kids
You might have differing views on immigration, but can we just have a moment to celebrate kids getting to be kids.
With a project that symbolizes we are all connected as human beings. One person’s actions affect another’s.
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