US president Donald Trump’s ‘wall plan’ might have been given the go-ahead by the United States Supreme Court, but that’s not stopping people from showing that division is not the answer.
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In a recent act of defiance, an artist installed seesaws at the US-Mexico border to prove that there are no barriers when it comes to friendship.
The idea for the ‘Teeter-Totter Wall’ came from 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.
Together the pair got to work fitting bright pink seesaws with seats on either side of the borderwall fence between Sunland Park, New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico – and so far it has proved a hit, with adults and kids alike coming together to enjoy the installment and get to know each other.
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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
The idea was thought up all the way back in 2009 as a way to use “humour and inventiveness to address the futility of building barriers.” Rael added:
There are good relations between the people of Mexico and the US and using the seesaw shows we are equal and we can play together and enjoy ourselves.
What happens in one place has an impact in the other. And that’s what the seesaw does, exactly that.
In short, this is a massive fuck you to Trump and his so-called “big beautiful wall”. So far, his attack on immigration has seen hundreds of people trapped in detention centres and children separated from their families.
In 2019, the UN Missing Migrants project reports that 170 migrants have died or are missing on the US-Mexico border, including 13 children.
So no, there’s nothing “beautiful” about his wall. If you want to see real beauty, just take a look at the people laughing and having fun in the video and pics above.
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