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Teeter-Totter Wall

Architecture studio Rael San Fratello has been researching the border that separates Mexico from the USA since 2009.

Viewing the boundary as a site that severs relationships between the two countries, they wanted to create a place where citizens across the border could connect, so they designed three bright pink ‘teeter-totters’ (see-saws) to slot into gaps in the steel border wall.

One designer worked from Juárez in Mexico and another in El Paso, USA. For just under twenty minutes on 28 July 2019, residents of El Paso and the Anapra community in Mexico could, for the first time, unite through play.

Designed by artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with Colectivo Chopeke.

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