From borders to bridges: the ‘Teetertotter wall’

Design is not just about making something visually aesthetic or practical, sometimes it’s about revolutionizing what’s already established and innovating the past to build stronger foundations for the future.


This week the world got to see this theory in action, when the brainchild of two forward thinking artists design went global.

The installation was a result of professor of architecture Ronald Real’s book – “Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary”, in which he included a drawing depicting children on US soil and children on Mexican soil playing with one another on a ‘see-saw’ through the constructed & controversial border.

Artist Virginia San Fratello brought the drawing to life this week at the border wall, making a poignant statement by symbolically removing the rigorous barriers between the innocent, and reminding us all of the true power of creating meaningful design.

“One of the most incredible experiences of my and [Virginia San Fratello] 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 US – 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. ”

– Rael via Instagram


Instagram photo credits: @rrael @vasfsf