liam hopkins handcrafts sculptures from ping pong balls
(above) CCTV camera symbolizes the view from spectators
all images courtesy of lazerian
liam hopkins of lazerian has been commissioned to create a series of ‘ping pong sculptures’ to reflect and symbolize table tennis as a game and the world we currently live in. the collection consists of a CCTV camera, a hammer, a hand, a teapot, and a pill.
the teapot represents the social side to the sport and the development of technology
each sculpture has been constructed by hand, using hot melt glue and standard ping pong balls. as the repeated elements construct an overall form, an interesting, tactile pattern is presented with interstitial spaces partially letting light into the enclosure. differences between certain components are distinguished by color, presenting the normative palette of white and orange.
the pill is a symbol of the games addictive nature and how much people rely on drugs for health and social situations
the hand represents human interaction and the fact we are losing sight of handcrafted items moving into a digital age
the hammer show how people want to defeat their opponent and how they can destroy the world without much thought