Two California professors who were trying to connect the United States and Mexico by a seesaw through the border wall have finally seen their vision come to life this week.
Professor San Fratello and Ronald Rael drew a model in 2009 demonstrating a ‘Teetertotter Wall’ for children across the two countries to play together.
Rael, an architect and a professor at UC Berkeley, and Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State, wanted to provide the people of the two nations an opportunity to interact and feel connected.
After a tireless effort spanning a decade, their dream finally came true in an event scheduled.
Sharing photos and videos of children from both sides playing on the seesaws on his Instagram account, a delighted Rael revealed how meaningful it would be for people from both the countries to connect with each other through the thoughtful initiative.
“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 border wall,” he wrote.
“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.”
Rael also took the opportunity to thank everyone who had helped him in making this project possible.
The seesaws were first transported to the Sunland Park in New Mexico, the United States. They were then installed between the Sunland Park in the US and the Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, on the opposite sides of the border after being slid through the steel slats.
Thankfully, no hindrance took place from either side while the seesaws were being placed across the border.
According to reports, there was no advanced planning on the Mexican side, which made the whole thing even more enjoyable for the kids present beyond the US border.