The Beazley ‘Design of the Year’ goes to a seesaw for kids, location on the US-Mexico border.
Commonly renowned as the ‘teeter-totter wall’, the temporary installation is an interactive space created by professional architects based in California. Moreover, they include designers Ronald Reel and Virginia San Fratello, who expressed sheet gratitude after winning the prestigious design award.
For those who aren’t aware, the Beazley Design Award is an honor granted annually at an exhibition held by London’s Design Museum.
Moreover, this year’s winner had an installation that revolved around the concept of a children’s seesaw.Comprising of 3 large teeter-totters with slots placed into the gaps of the steel wall that separates the US-Mexico border, children from Texas and Anapra in Mexico play together.
Despite the massive 20ft wall that separates the two nations, the wall gives out a stellar message for political leaders. It immaculately displays what you do on one side of the spectrum, truly has an impact on the other. Moreover, the designers explain how it also symbolizes an intrinsic connection between the two nations.
Since the wall bears a sensitive context, this mega project took a staggering 10 years to come into realization.
But what’s really shocking is how it went live for a mere 20 minutes.With that said, the concept didn’t hold back in terms of going viral. Within minutes, social media became flooded with shares, likes, and comments applauding the designers’ approach towards a peaceful vision.
The artists mentioned on Instagram how the temporary installation became surrounded with feelings of joy, excitement, as well as togetherness at the border wall. In the same way, it beautifully promotes human connection while overcoming the forces of division.
In addition to the design award, Beazley gave out five more thrilling prizes to nominees arising from the categories of Graphics, Architecture, Fashion, Digital, and Product too.