Seesaws installed at US border wall so American and Mexican children can play together

Inventor says event was ‘filled with joy, excitement and togetherness’

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 30 July 2019 19:43
Seesaws installed at US border wall so American and Mexican children can play together

Seesaws have been installed at the border wall between US and Mexico to allow American and Mexican children to play together.

The bright pink installations were set up along the border fence between Sunland Park in New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

The seesaws created a “literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations”, according to their inventors Ronald Rael, from the University of California in Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, from San Jose State University.

In an Instagram post, Mr Rael, a professor of architecture, said he and Ms Fratello, an associate professor of design, came up with the idea 10 years ago.

He said the event was “filled with joy, excitement and togetherness at the border wall”.

In an Instagram post, Mr Rael said both 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”.

He shared footage and photos showing children and adults from both sides of the wall laughing as they swung each other up in the air on the seesaws.

The “Teetertotter Wall” project comes days after the US Supreme Court said Donald Trump‘s administration could spend $2.5bn from a military budget to build the US president’s border wall.

Mr Trump pledged to build a “big beautiful wall” on the border with Mexico, but two-and-a-half years after he took office it emerged no new stretches of wall had been built.

Trump says border wall would have prevented father and daughter from drowning in Rio Grande

The US Customs and Border Protection agency said the 51 miles of fencing completed during Mr Trump’s tenure so far had simply replaced barriers that already existed.

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