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August 04, 2006

Ping Pong Pixel

photo of ping pong pixel

The best money I ever spent was the time I got 500 ping pong balls on eBay for ten bucks (there is no better way to entertain a five year old than to pour 500 ping pong balls down a flight of stairs while they are laying at the bottom).

So I was immediately tickled to death when I saw PingPongPixel, an art installation by a couple of students at the University of Leiden. They built this wonderful Rube Goldberg-esque contraption that uses six different colored ping pong balls as pixels to build giant images. As a new row of balls drops in from the top, the row at the bottom falls away, so the image slowly crawls down the display.

[Thanks information aesthetics]

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 4, 2006 06:15 AM