Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello Create Seesaw Along Border Wall


A seesaw across the U.S.-Mexico border came to life this week, 10 years after first being conceived by two California professors. Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, instructors in architecture and design, respectively, created “a literal fulcrum” out of the wall. Rael says it was “one of the most incredible experiences of my and [Virginia’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 seesaws connected Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in particular. Children on both sides spontaneously joined the fun throughout the day. “The joy that was shared this day on both sides is something that will stay with me forever,” Rael said. Rael is the author of the book “Borderwall as Architecture,” “a timely re-examination of what the 650 miles of physical barrier that divides the United States of America from the United Mexican States is, and could be.”

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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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