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Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:17 PM

Pink seesaws across US-Mexico border named Design of the Year 2020

Creators say they hope the work encourages people to build bridges between communities

Lanre Bakare
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Mon 18 Jan 2021 19.01 EST



American and Mexican families enjoying the Teeter Totter Wall, which crosses the Mexican border with US, in 2019. Photograph: Luis Torres/AFP/Getty Images

A collection of bright pink seesaws that allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border has won the prestigious Design of the Year award, with its creators saying they hoped the work encourages people to build bridges 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 as not only feeling “symbolically important” but also highlighting “the possibility of things” by the judging panel.

The creators of the seesaws, 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, first came up with the idea a decade ago after the Secure Fence Act 2006, which started large-scale building on the border.

They said they hoped the design would help people reassess the effectiveness of borders and encourage dialogue rather than division. 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.”

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jan/19/pink-seesaws-across-us-mexico-border-named-design-of-the-year-2020











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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:25 PM

1. Beautiful and brilliant! k&r n:t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 12:59 AM

6. Whoever conceived that idea opened a window for spirit sunlight into an overly dark world. ⭐️

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:34 PM

2. People will always find a way

To turn lemons into lemonade. Now...tear down the “wall”..recycle the materials n build something for the betterment of these border communities.

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 01:03 AM

7. Probably a very long list of ways the materials can do something great. Good thinking!

Let's hope it all comes back down much sooner than anyone expected.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:35 PM

3. I love this, Judi.

Thank you so much for this uplifting post.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 01:05 AM

8. We can use as many glimpses of kindness, and overcoming as we can find by now! Thank you. 🌞

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:51 PM

4. Looks like the seesaws incorporated some of the fencing

in their construction.



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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 01:22 AM

9. Pretty neat idea! Trump will turn a deeper orange if he catches wind of that!



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 23, 2021, 09:17 PM

5. OK, who is thinking what I'm thinking???

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 01:30 AM

10. OMG! Those guys could get work around the clock right there! One on each side.

They could handle traffic going both ways!

They would be rich, I tall ya, rich!

They are so great. Especially enjoyable, the Very Relaxed Flip, and the Dolphin Flip.

It was an auspicious day when one or more of them had the idea of trying teeter-totters big time.

If the wall is completed, these guys will have lifetime employment! Can probably name their own salaries.

Why should people waste their time with tunnels? So slow!

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