US President Trump wants to close the border between the US and Mexico at any cost. The ingenious project that Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello created, utilizes the wall as a fulcrum for bright pink seesaws slotted through it. A decade ago, Rael wrote the book Borderwall as Architecture in which he described the very project that would be brought to life in bright neon pink by Taller Herrería of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico this year.
Three cross-border seesaws have been installed on a fence between the US and Mexico. The pink poles that run between the slats of the border fence near the US city of Sunland Park and the Mexican Ciudad Juárez are a project by the architectural professor Ronald Rael and his colleague Virginia San Fratello.
In his book, published by University of California Press and edited by Rael, proposes that “the nearly 700 miles of wall is an opportunity for economic and social development along the border that encourages its conceptual and physical dismantling; the book takes readers on a journey along a wall that cuts through a ‘third nation’—the Divided States of America”.
In an Instagram post, Rael says: “The wall became a literal fulcrum for the US-Mexico relations, 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 whole installation is particularly symbolic because of the plans of US President Donald Trump to secure the border with a billion dollar wall. The idea, one of his key election promises before he took office in the Oval Office, has always been controversial and far from becoming a reality. But Trump insists on his plans – and most recently got the theoretical permission from the Supreme Court to be able to build part of the wall with money from the Ministry of Defense.
Trump had originally announced that Mexico would pay to build the wall. This did not happen. Trump therefore applied to Congress $ 5.7 billion for the construction. However, Congress approved in the budget law for the financial year ending September, only $ 1.375 billion for “new physical barriers.”
Trump then called a national emergency on the border in February. The measure gives the US president certain powers. Trump is convinced that he can spend through the emergency declaration funds that the Congress has approved for projects other than the construction of the wall. From the perspective of critics, the money is misappropriated.
There are already barriers at some sections along the border. One of Trump’s campaign promises, however, was to build a wall on half of the 3200-kilometer border with Mexico. The rest of the border is protected by natural barriers such as rivers.