A pink seesaw that straddles part of the American and Mexico border wall has been named Design of the Year for 2020.
The simple pink seesaw is balanced in the middle of the border wall and lets children from Mexico and America use it.
The seesaw was only in place for 40 minutes in July 2019 and the parts had to be smuggled across the border. There were teams in place in America and Mexico at the border near El Paso and Ciudad Juárez to pull the stunt off.
And while it might have only been working for less than an hour, as a symbol of division and how we need to work together, it’s sublime. One of the judges called it “an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.”
“It’s become increasingly clear that walls don’t work,” San Fratello, the seesaw’s designer said. “Walls did not keep the violent protestors out of our government buildings and they have not kept Covid out of our country. We should be building bridges, not walls.”
Its simplicity is stunning. The seesaw shows children that it needs both sides to work in co-operation for it to function. Something Trump couldn’t quite understand. And it also made a mockery of the border wall, which Trump promised Mexico would build and pay for. They didn’t pay for it and only a few hundred miles were ever built.
There really weren’t many great things to come out of the Trump administration – in fact, none, now we think about it – but it did cause this incredible pink seesaw to come about. So for that, DubaiLAD is very grateful.