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The 2020 Beazley Design of the Year goes to US-Mexico border seesaw

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jan 29, 2021

The Design Museum in London, which spearheads the yearly Beazley Design Award, unveiled the nominees for the thirteenth annual Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition and awards. This award reveals the most game-changing designs of the year.


For the 2020 edition of the award, the Teeter-Totter Wall, showcasing play as resistance, a public art installation that created a seesaw for children on the US-Mexico border, has been declared as winner of the Beazley Design of the Year. The installation has been said to encourage new ways of human connection and is a step towards the abolishing of man-made borders. In July of 2019, the architecture and design instructors Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael created Teeter Totter Wall—a project that has been in the works for 10 years. This site-specific temporary installation is composed of three neon pink seesaws placed in the gaps of the steel border wall that divides Mexico and the United States. Children from the Anapra community in Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, were encouraged to play together despite the physical separation of the border wall.


You can head over to the Design Museum’s website to read more about the projects and the winners.


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