Thursday, January 5, 2017

Build the Wall Using Dominoes

by Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer

Will President Trump build that wall on our southern border using the amazing domino effect of brick building? In mere seconds the cap of a wall in New South Wales, Australia, was laid in this manner by stone masons in Teralba. "The workers successfully cap a stone wall with just one push," said one observer.  A reverse effect takes place as the last brick falls into place on the first run.  In just seconds, the bricks then return to their starting point like the child's game of dominoes, and a long wall gets capped.  The home building website explains, "This reverse effect happens (when) each over lapped brick slides out into its own space against the other bricks." Mortar even is left on after the reverse process for even more placement of bricks on the wall.  Andrew Moseman of Popular Mechanics says, "Toppling Bricks like Dominoes is the best way to Build a Wall, because it's so satisfying."

As Build the Wall becomes reality in the psyche of America after its election meme, the Trump effect of creativity is starting to pop up out of the weeds of years of political stagnation.  A construction company executive in Mexico has volunteered to build the wall for Mr. Trump.  And a Falls River, MA sheriff is volunteering to send inmates to our southern border to help Build the Wall for Mr. Trump.  Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says, "The wall has to happen.  We won't have any legitimate immigration reform in this country until we build the wall." He cites benefits as the inmates will learn construction skills that will help them when they return to their communities.  The symbolism "can be very powerful," Hodgson says.

Robert Frost's great poem tells us that good neighbors happen because of good walls:  "Good fences make good neighbors," the poet tells us in his great "Mending Wall" poem. Frost tells his readers that "on a day we meet to walk the line and set the wall between us once again." The poem's title of Mending Wall suggests that this very wall between us and Mexico actually will mend relations between the two countries, rather than magnify existing disagreements.

Was this unbelievable new method of brick building inspired by the 2013 Metropolis performance by the Station House Opera in Copenhagen? You can watch a video showing 7,000 blocks of dominoes follow a route past alleyways, back yards, and through Copenhagen's National Museum, Cathedral, and Town Hall, a distance of 3 kilometers.  The terrain certainly was not smooth or flat, but artistic director Julian Maynard Smith and production manager Dan Adams and Kobenhavins Internationale Teatre made it happen. A pre-film video was watched by over two million viewers and you can see what happens in just a little over eleven minutes. The amazing wall capped with a similar domino process in New South Wales gives way to a new take on the notion that Mr. Trump is making life imitate art.


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