Pink seesaw playground at US-Mexico border wall wins top British design award


By AGENCY

A collection of teeter-totters (seesaws) that briefly allowed children on both sides of the US-Mexico border wall to play together has won a prize from London’s Design Museum.

The three hot-pink seesaws were installed through the slats of the wall, with one seat in the El Paso, Texas suburb of Sunland Park, New Mexico, and the other in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The artwork was put up on July 28, 2019, and removed from the politically charged border barrier after less than an hour.

The Design Museum recently named the project as the overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year competition for 2020, which considered 74 projects by designers from around the world. Teeter-Totter Wall was designed by California architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello with help from Colectivo Chopeke, an artists’ collective in Juarez.

"It encouraged new ways of human connection and struck a chord that continues to resonate far beyond El Paso in the USA and Juarez in Mexico,’’ museum director Tim Marlow said in announcing the prize.

"It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.”

The teeter-totters were installed amid the heated debate over then US President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the almost 3,218km US-Mexico border from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

"We thought this would be a moment to show to the world a very important reality of the border, which is that the border isn’t a desolate place where no one lives, ” Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, told a university publication in 2019.

"This is a world where women live and children live and that we can use play as a kind of vehicle for activism.” - AP

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

84% readers found this article insightful

Next In Culture

Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November
British artist hopes to spark a humanitarian movement with his giant painting
For Japan's striving manga artists, success lurks online
Detroit science centre no longer planning for bronze RoboCop statue
Award-winning Dutch author declines assignment to translate Amanda Gorman's works
Legends from the deep rise up in Nusantara fantasy book 'Bentala Naga'
Brooklyn Museum unleashes major retrospective spanning 25 years of KAWS
‘Where’s Waldo?’ goes for a walkabout in this book and sneaker collaboration
Pandemic art sales: prettying up the walls we’re staring at
Serge Gainsbourg's home in Paris to be turned into a museum later this year

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers