The Meaning Behind the Seesaws Installed on the Mexico-U.S. Border

Earlier this year, two California-based artists, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello built a “Teeter-Totter Wall” along a section of the Mexican-American border. The colorful seesaws painted a scene that is not usually seen along this “wall,” children from both sides of the border laughing and enjoying each-other’s company. As someone who grew up in northern Mexico and crossed the border every day to go to school in California, I appreciate how this work of art perfectly represents the impact that actions on one side have on the other. The decision of the artists to make this exhibition interactive and to allow the public to enjoy it paints a visual of the relationship between both countries.


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