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Image from book written by Paul Biveinis

I kinda prefer this little saying to “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” But when you do take life’s lemons and make something of them, it is like squirting those working against you in the eye.

This is what came to mind when I saw the BBC article, “Pink Seesaws at US-Mexico wall wins design award.” The BBC reported:

“While a wall is usually designed to keep people apart, this see-saw installation managed to bring people on both sides of the Mexico-US border together.

And now the Teeter Totter Wall has won the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year award, which is run by London’s Design Museum.

The seesaws were placed through sections of the wall and allowed people in both countries to play together.”

Image: GettyImages/BBC

Human Connection and Humour

The seesaws were installed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello at the Anapra zone in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. They spent 10 years on the project and said they wanted to talk about the border issue in “a very frank way but using humour”. Tim Marlow, chief executive and director of the Design Museum, which awarded the installation the prize, said:

The Teeter-Totter Wall encouraged new ways of human connection. It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us.


Note: content is from BBC report “Pink Seesaws at US-Mexico wall wins design award.” 

Transcend the Forces that seek to Divide us

As usual, children knew exactly what to do with this installation as they lead the way to transcend the forces that seek to divide us.

For more see “The Way of a Child.”