Several pink seesaws that extend through the wall that divides the United States and Mexico have received a respected award from overseas.
London’s Design Museum has given the seesaw project’s architects the Best Design of 2020 award, the museum announced Tuesday. “We are totally surprised by this unexpected honor,” says Ronald Rael, the project’s co-designer. “Most importantly, it comes at a time when we are hopeful for change and that we start building more bridges instead of walls.”
A seesaw for kids on the US-Mexico Border has won the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year award.
The installation consisted of three bright pink seesaws, slotted into the gaps of the steel border wall that separates the US and Mexico. https://t.co/Lm3bZ4H5rI
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Officially called “Teeter-Totter Wall,” the El Paso-based project is meant to cast a spotlight on the metal barrier between the two countries, contrasted by a stretch in which children from both sides converge to play with each other, Rael says. It was erected in July 2019.
How could a few boards stuck through a fence win a prestigious design award?