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Pink Seesaws on US Border Wall Win Top Design Award

Hats off to two Bay Area professors for winning the “Oscars of the Design World”
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Two Bay Area professors just won a coveted design award for their playful art installation on the US-Mexico border wall.

Ronald Rael, a UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design professor and Virginia San Fratello, a professor and Chair of the Department of Design at San José State University professor collaborated with Omar Rios of Colectivo Chopeke, a Mexico-based art collective to install a temporary installation called the “Teeter-Totter Wall” on the US border in July 2019.

Their project turned the stark US border wall into a playspace with vibrant pink seesaws that teetered the wall, allowing children from both countries to come together and play with one another.

The project recently just won the prestigious Design of the Year 2020 by London’s Design Museum, which Rael noted is “the Oscars of the design world.” The team also took home a win the transportation category as well.


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