Children at the US and Mexican border were given the chance to play together after two professors built a set of seesaws.
The seesaws stretched across the border wall separating the two nations. In a video posted to Instagram by Ronald Rael, the University of California architecture professor who came up with the seesaw project, children can be seen on either side of the border. The project is stationed between Ciudad Juárez in Mexico's Chihuahua State and El Paso, Texas.
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.
The architect said that he had the idea for the project ten years ago, before the border became a politically divisive issue under president Trump.
The video of the seesaw project quickly began to circulate on social media, where it received an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
Earlier this year I read an extract of architect Ronald Rael’s anti-border wall manifesto. Yesterday he & Virginia… https://t.co/DphibHiUiS
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@Hannah Jane Parkinson)
@martinezmau Children are so much more intelligent than adults.