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. The teeter totters were slotted into gaps in the steel boundary wall that divides El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico. The teeter totters were in place for less than 40 minutes, but children on both sides of the border were able to play together. The creators of the project, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, 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.”

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