Seesaw built spanning border wall wins international award

Teeter-totters at border wall win design prize

The border wall was built to keep people separated, but thanks to an interactive installation it’s brought people together.

It’s called the “Teeter-Totter Wall” and was installed in a section of the border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico, CNN reported.

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Three seesaws were put in the gaps in the wall and allowed children, and even some adults, from Juárez and the suburb of Sunland Park, New Mexico, to play on each side of the border, The Associated Press reported.

Sunland Park is a suburb of El Paso, Texas.

The art installation went viral at the time.

It was designed to show the connection between the two communities separated by a 20-foot wall, Ronald Rael, one of its designers, told CNN in 2019 when the seesaws were installed.

“It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us,” museum director Tim Marlow said, according to the AP.

It had a short life though, lasting only 20 minutes. But it has had a far-reaching effect, winning the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year from London’s Design Museum.

Rael worked with Virginia San Fratello and Collectivo Chopeke, the museum said of the award’s overall winner.

A virtual exhibit of the “Teeter-Totter Wall” and the winners in the other categories will be held through March 28. Click here to view it.