The events going on at the U.S. and Mexico border are heartbreaking, intense, and deeply controversial. But two California professors developed an idea to bring a bit of peace to those involved: a seesaw that extends across the border. The invention allows children on either side to play with one another, sending a strong visual message about unity.
The seesaw, called the “Teetertotter Wall,” was actually first discussed back in 2009 by Ronald Rael, an architect professor at University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State. “The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.–Mexico relations,” Reael says of the project on Instagram. “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.” On Monday of this week, the dream finally became a reality.
Rael shared the exciting news with an Instagram video and photos of the seesaws in action, expressing how meaningful the project’s launch is. “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,” he wrote. The seesaws are also bright pink, which are a stark contrast to the gray, barren landscape around the border.
It’s not known if the seesaws are permanent fixtures, but even if not, they’re certainly bringing people together during these tumultuous times.
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