Pink Seesaw At US-Mexico Wall Wins The 'Best Design Award' Of The Year 2020

Posted by Sama in Feel Good On 4th March 2021

The art project of installing bright pink seesaws at the US-Mexico wall has won the prestigious Design of the year award. The creators of this art wanted to present friendship and solidarity among people that is not restricted by boundaries or walls and watching the videos of children playing on the seesaw from both sides of the borders shows they have considerably achieved their aim.

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Bright pink seesaws at the US-Mexico wall have managed to bag the prestigious Design of the Year Award with its creators hoping that ideas like these will be able to bridge some distance between communities. 

The Teeter Totter Wall, which bridged across El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico during a 40-minute session, was described by the judging panel as not only feeling “symbolically important” but also highlighting “the possibility of things."

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The creators of this amzing art project are Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San José State University. The group came up with the idea years ago first after the Secure Fence Act 2006, which started large-scale building on the border.

This art project was built in hopes that these seesaws will be able to transcend differences between humans that keep them divided with the label of boundary and walls. It was created with hopes to promote dialogue instead of divisions between countries. 

San Fratello said: “I think it’s become increasingly clear with the recent events in our country that we don’t need to build walls we need to build bridges.”

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“Walls don’t stop people from entering our Capitol,” Rael added. “Walls don’t stop viruses from moving. We have to think about how we can be connected and be together without hurting each other.”

Pictures and videos of children playing around the two sides of the border on the seesaw went viral back in 2019 when the issue of the US-Mexico border wall was the most heated discussion under the presidency of Donald Trump. Rael said they provided “a literal fulcrum” between the countries. 

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The bright pink color was inspired by the femicide memorials to honor the women murdered in Ciudad Juarez. 

The creators of this art also wanted to address this grave political issue in a light-hearted manner that is “a very frank way but using humour”.

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The London Design Museum picked this project to win as 2020 ‘Design of the Year’. The CEO and Director defined this art installation as an:

“inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.”

The other nominees of the award included the set design for the Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite and the stab-proof vest created by artist Bansky.

Having served the true purpose of sending the message of love, friendship, and solidarity, Rael did not expect to win such a prestigious award. Acknowledging the achievement he stated:

“importantly, it comes at a time when we are hopeful for change and that we start building more bridges instead of walls.”

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In an Instagram post, Rael expressed gratitude for the accomplishment. He also explained:

“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.”

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