2020 was certainly an interesting year in many ways.
Particularly for the designers of the pink seesaws that cross the US- Mexico border, as the creation was named Design of the Year 2020. Keep scrolling to learn more about the incredible invention and why it's so important...
In a year where so many of us were apart...
We learnt that it's strange what can bring you together.
Just like the pink seesaws that cross the US- Mexico border, that won Design of the Year 2020, aim to do.
But first, let's recap 2020 with some of the most powerful photos.
January 1, 2020.
via: GettyA firefighter sprays foam retardant on a backburn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala.
January 4, 2020.
via: GettyA long exposure picture shows a car commuting on a road as the sky turns red from the smoke of the Snowy Valley bushfire on the outskirts of Cooma, Australia.
January 26, 2020.
via: GettyPeople gather around a makeshift memorial for former NBA and Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant after learning of his death, at LA Live plaza in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles.
January 29, 2020.
via: GettyPeople wearing protective masks purchase meat products at a market on January 29, 2020, in Hong Kong, China.
February 6, 2020.
via: GettyU.S. President Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post as he speaks in the East Room of the White House 1 day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on 2 articles of impeachment after 5 months of investigation.
February 09, 2020.
via: GettyDirector Bong Joon-ho, winner of the Original Screenplay, International Feature Film, Directing, and Best Picture awards for Parasite poses in the press room during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland.
February 13, 2020.
via: GettyA mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, painted by @sloe_motions, is displayed on a building.
March 09, 2020.
via: GettyMedical staff, wearing protective gear, move a patient infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) from an ambulance to a hospital in South Korea.
March 16, 2020.
via: GettyAn almost empty street is seen at Times Square in Manhattan on March 16, 2020, in New York City. Stocks tumbled on March 16, 2020, despite emergency central bank measures to prop up the virus -The global economy was battered as countries across Europe started the week in lockdown, and major US cities shut bars and restaurants.
April 9, 2020.
via: GettyThe evangelical pastor Klaus-Martin Pothmann stands in front of photos of believers who were asked to send in pictures to represent them among the pews at the St. Pankratius church in Hamm, Germany.
April 10, 2020.
via: GettyA woman walks through the Square Mile at sunrise on April 10, 2020, in London, England.
April 23, 2020.
via: GettyA maintenance worker uses cleaning products to remove graffiti after Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced, in a mostly empty Hollywood, California.
April 28, 2020.
via: GettyTelephone boxes as rain falls in an empty Parliament Square on April 28, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to Downing Street this week after recovering from Covid-19, said the country needed to continue its lockdown measures to avoid a second spike in infections.
May 07, 2020.
via: GettyAmerican and Confederate flags fly at a residence in the Fancy Bluff neighborhood on May 7, 2020, where Ahmaud Arbery lived in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery was shot and killed during a confrontation with an armed father and son in the nearby Satilla Shores neighborhood on Feb 23.
May 8, 2020.
via: GettyDemonstrators protest the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse.
May 17, 2020.
via: GettyPeople are seen practicing social distancing in white circles in Domino Park during the Covid-19 pandemic on May 17, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
May 24, 2020.
via: GettyMuslim devotees offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the Jami mosque, in Herat. The Taliban proposed a 3-day truce over the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
May 28, 2020.
via: GettyAlexandre Schleier (L) speaks with his eighty-one-year-old grandmother Olivia Schleier (R) through a window at the Premier Hospital, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
May 29, 2020.
via: GettyA police officer (L) holds down a protester while another (back) sprays pepper spray as they clash outside the District Four Police station during a Black Lives Matter protest against police brutality and racism in the US, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
May 30, 2020.
via: GettyUS Vice President Mike Pence and US President Donald Trump watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
June 1, 2020.
via: GettyA protester holds a die-in in front of a row of police officers during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd at the State Capital building in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
June 2, 2020.
via: GettyProtesters gather, observing social distancing, during a demonstration on the Malieveld in The Hague, after the police killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd in the USA. - The United States had erupted into days and nights of protests, violence, and looting, following the death of George Floyd after he was detained and held down by a knee to his neck, dying shortly after.
June 2, 2020.
via: GettyA demonstrator fist bumps a member of the National Guard during a march in response to George Floyd's death in Los Angeles, California.
June 03, 2020.
via: GettyProtesters hold up their phones during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, outside the White House.
June 03, 2020.
via: GettyA protester yells at a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate over the death of George Floyd near the White House.
June 05, 2020.
via: GettyU.S. President Donald Trump shushes journalists before signing the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC.
June 8, 2020.
via: GettyDemonstrators raise their fists as a fire burns in the street after clashes with law enforcement near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct shortly after midnight in Seattle.
June 10, 2020.
via: GettyA statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia.
June 13, 2020.
via: GettyA group of men including Patrick Hutchinson (carrying the man) help an injured man away after he was allegedly attacked by some of the crowd of protesters on the Southbank near Waterloo station, United Kingdom. Following a social media post by the far-right activist known as Tommy Robinson, members of far-right linked groups gathered around statues in London. Several statues in the UK have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters for their links to racism and the slave trade.
June 15, 2020.
via: GettyJoseph Fons holding a Pride Flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ+ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation.
July 5, 2020.
via: GettyIn an aerial view from a drone, a large-scale ground mural depicting Breonna Taylor with the text "Black Lives Matter" is seen being painted at Chambers Park in Annapolis, Maryland.
August 4, 2020.
via: GettyA large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut.
August 4, 2020.
via: GettyA man reacts at the scene of an explosion at the port in Lebanon's capital Beirut. 2 huge explosions rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, wounding dozens of people, shaking buildings, and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
August 20, 2020.
via: GettyFormer vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) and senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
August 29, 2020.
via: GettyA woman holds a photograph of the late US actor and producer Chadwick Boseman during a candlelight vigil held by fans in Los Angeles. Boseman, star of the groundbreaking superhero movie Black Panther, died at the age of forty-three after a private 4-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP August 28th.
September 07, 2020.
via: GettyA firefighter douses flames as they push towards homes during the Creek Fire in the Cascadel Woods area of unincorporated Madera County, California. A firework at a gender reveal party triggered a wildfire in southern California that had at that point destroyed 7,000 acres (2,800 hectares) and forced many residents to flee their homes, the fire department said.
September 23, 2020.
via: GettyThe flag-draped casket of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, carried by Supreme Court police officers, arrives in the Great Hall at the U.S. Supreme Court.
October 05, 2020.
via: GettyU.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC. Trump spent 3 days hospitalized for coronavirus.
October 20, 2020.
via: GettyPope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill.
October 22, 2020.
via: GettyU.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
October 22, 2020.
via: GettyProtestors wearing Handmaid's Tale outfits stand outside of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC in light of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September.
October 24, 2020.
via: GettyPeople wait in line outside of a Masonic temple in Brooklyn as early voting began on October 24, 2020, in New York City. Thousands of New Yorkers came out to support their candidate for president and other offices as voting began in New York.
October 27, 2020.
via: GettyDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden waves to supporters as he finishes speaking during a drive-in campaign rally in the parking lot of Cellairis Amphitheater.
October 30, 2020.
via: GettyA person dressed as Jesus holds a sign supporting Kanye West outside a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally at the Rochester International Airport in Rochester, Minnesota.
November 03, 2020.
via: GettyPeople watch a big screen displaying the live election results in Florida at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on election day in Washington, DC.
November 07, 2020.
via: GettyVice president-elect Kamala Harris arrives to deliver remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, after being declared the winner with Joe Biden of the presidential election.
November 07, 2020.
via: GettyFireworks explode above Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as thousands waited to hear President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speak from Delaware on November 7, 2020, in Washington, DC.
November 15, 2020.
via: GettyA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, 2020.
December 10, 2020.
via: GettyU.S. Army E7 Tameouzi Green embraces his wife Vanessa after he returned home from a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan on December 10, 2020, at Fort Drum, New York. Green said he has deployed 6 times during the couple's twenty-five-year marriage.
What a year.
They really get you thinking, don't they?
Last year taught us so many lessons and strangely, brought us together when we couldn't physically be.
And one thing that really encapsulates this is the collection of pink seesaws that allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border.
A design that has won the prestigious award - Design of the Year 2020.
The Teeter Totter Wall, built in 2019, bridges across El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico.
The seesaws, that first went viral back in July 2019, were created by Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San José State University.
The pair first thought up the idea nearly a decade ago following the Secure Fence Act 2006.
With the aim of the design to encourage dialogue among people instead of divisions.
The Teeter Totter Wall won the award for 2020 after fighting off more than seventy other nominees.
With the judging panel describing it as feeling "symbolically important" and highlighting "the possibility of things," as per The Guardian.
One of the creators, 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."
While fellow creator, Rael said: "Walls don't stop people from entering our Capitol. Walls don't stop viruses from moving. We have to think about how we can be connected and be together without hurting each other."
Also adding that the seesaws provide "a literal fulcrum" between the countries.
What an incredible creation.
Congratulations San Fratello and Rael!