As the US-Mexico Border wall has been setting the grim political narrative of the Donald Trump administration, in a contrasting depiction, two artists installed fluorescent pink seesaws to play on, across the grey rods of the wall that separates the two countries.
A playful concept and what maybe deciphered as artivism to overpower the discourse of division, the bright pink seesaws were quick to add color to the dull grey metal wall and instantly saw both- children and adults spiritedly playing with each other from across the borders.
The architectural studio Rael San Fratello installed three seesaws over the weekend at a small stretch of land between El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. The installation fleetingly contrasted with the political reality of the immigration discourse, and painted a momentary utopian picture of harmony between the two nations.
The founder of Rael San Fratello, Ronald Rael along with architect Virginia San Featello posted the videos and images on social media on Tuesday of the “Teetertotter Wall.”
Rael said, "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."
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
Can a wall separate people? Artists proved that even steel wall isn't strong enough. Ronald Rael came up with an amazing idea to place pink seesaw on both sides of Mexico-US wall so that children from Mexico and US can play simultaneously! pic.twitter.com/uprVf1sJ7P— Vibhinna Ideas (@Vibhinnaideas) July 31, 2019
The installation comes at the time when Donald Trump has been fear mongering on immigrants and aggresively vowed to cut back on immigration.