What Did These Professors Install on the Border Wall?

Hundreds of miles of fencing already wall off the U.S. / Mexico border, and the professors who chose to protest it have taken a very creative solution.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello came up with the idea for a “teeter-totter” wall addition back in 2009, and ten years later, they’ve made it a reality. As of an event held Monday, the UC Berkeley and University of San Jose professors have added three bright pink seesaws to the giant steel fence. All three seesaws stretch from California to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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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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This unity-based event comes just days after President Trump was cleared to tap into the Defense Department’s budget in order to build 100 miles of his proposed concrete border wall.

On his Instagram, Rael, an architecture professor, calls the event “one of the most incredible experiences” of his career. He says that the seesaws have made a connection between children and adults on both sides of the fence, who understand that “the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”

In one of the videos he posts, several children are seen playing happily on the seesaws, while in another people wave to children in Cuidad Juarez.


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