Because of the wall's sensitive context, the project took ten years to realize. It was live for just under twenty minutes, but enough time for it to go viral
. Although a temporary installation, Rael said on Instagram that the event was "filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall."
"The Teeter-Totter Wall encouraged new ways of human connection," said Tim Marlow, the chief executive and director of the Design Museum, in a press statement. "It remains an inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us."
The category winners
Five more prizes were awarded for each of the categories of nominees, in "Architecture," "Digital," "Fashion," "Graphics" and "Product."
They include a moveable school, called "ModSkool," designed by the Dehli-based Social
Design Collaborative. The project responded to the forced evictions of farming communities in India with a place of learning that is easy to erect and dismantle. In addition, the Chilean feminist arts group Colectivo LASTESIS won for their protest performance "A Rapist in Your Way," which denounces sexual violence against women and the LGBTQ+ community, while luxury brand Telfar was awarded for its popular vegan leather, gender-neutral bag (priced according to the average earnings of a New York DJ for a single night's work).
Medical illustrators Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins, who work for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were awarded for an image seen countless times over the past year: their 3D rendering of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the illness Covid-19. Lastly, Impossible Foods won for the Impossible Burger 2.0, which aims to be a tastier, juicer patty made from plant-based proteins.
"Designs of the Year this year feels more pertinent than ever," said
assistant curator Maria McLintock in October. "From designs that create a kinder and healthier world, to those calling out and critiquing systems of oppression, we hope it serves as a time capsule of a shifting world."