Seesaw at US-Mexican border lets kids play together in defiance of Trump
The seesaw is a playground staple, fundamental to parks everywhere. In my honest opinion, its teeter totter is only rivalled by the tire swing - a close second.
So, it's no wonder that two architects chose the design to make a statement at the US-Mexico border. A pair of professors teamed up to create several pink seesaws that they placed on the steel fence between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
The design looks simple enough. One of the beams of the dividing fence serves as the fulcrum of the seesaw. Some of the seats are even striped different colours as well, just to add another pop of colour to the desert landscape.
Ronald Rael is a professor of architecture at University of California, Berkeley. Virginia San Fratello is an associate professor of design at San José State University. Together, they thought of the uniting seesaw idea a decade ago.
Videos shared on Ronald Rael's Instagram show both kids and adults alike sharing in the fun. His caption reads:
"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 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."
This inclusive design came not a moment too soon during a period of political turmoil surrounding the United States border. Trump has continually promised to build a wall between the States and Mexico. He also has detained and separated families attempting to cross into America.
Both Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello wanted to create some kind of united front between the two sides of the border. And it looks like they simultaneously brought joy to those who used their creation too.