Pink See Saws

Published: 25 Jan 2021
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Pink see-saws that straddled the US-Mexico border are named Design of the Year 2020

‘…human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.’

The Teeter-Totter Wall, an installation of three see-saws which connected children in the US and Mexico, won in the London’s Design Museum’s annual Beazley Designs of the Year. Designed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the pair worked with Mexico’s Colectivo Chopeke to smuggle the seesaws into place, with one team coming from each side of the border to help slide the boards in between the tall, metal slats that divide El Paso in Texas from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. The installation was only up for half an hour or so in July 2019 before being dismantled but in that short time, it allowed children to play together.

The Design Museum’s chief executive and director Tim Marlow described the Teeter-Totter Wall as an ‘inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.’