Football Globe Germany

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  • Project: Football Globe Germany
  • Date: October 2005 - June 2006
  • Client: Deutscher Fussballbund
  • Contractor: 3deluxe / System Modern GmbH for Art+Sports GmbH
  • Location: Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt/M.
  • Tasks: Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Technical Planning of Game Station. Interaction Design and Technical Planning of Information Station

While this certainly is not one of our largest projects, it is possibly the most internationally present one so far.
And it’s a good laugh, too. The Football Globe Germany is slanted to tour from Tokyo to Paris to Milan to Zurich before “it’s coming home” (excuse the pun) to Berlin for the opening of the “2006 FIFA World Cup™” on june 8th, 2006.

Sponsored by the National DFB Cultural Foundation, commissioned by artistic and cultural programme curator Andre Heller to the Art+Sports GmbH and designed by our all-time favorite client 3deluxe, this project gave us the task of planning and realizing the infotainment stations that deliver its message to the people.

The digital centerpiece – next to two info-browser stations – is a ‘’corner flag dance game’’. Show off your love for football by celebrating a goal like the pros – with a little dance interlude on the corner flag.

Your performance will be recorded and broadcast via

Needless to say, in karaoke-happy Japan we’ve seen quite a few spectacular appearances already.

The Football Globe Germany is designed to be a symbol, an urban meeting place and a multimedia installation. The sculptural project consists of a dynamically formed white base supporting an illuminated ball that merges the shapes of globe and football. Inside the sphere is an installation consisting of 510 cold-cathode tubes that are controlled individually. The tubes are bent into circles of different sizes and arranged to form an extremely complex spatial constellation. This creates a large number of different lighting effects whose powerful pulses symbolise the extremely positive energy arising from the keen global anticipation for the Football World Cup.

VVVV is being used to control all aspects of the globe, both the games by MESO Digital Interiors and the light installation by the prolific light designer/technologist Andreas Karlen: VVVV creates the realtime responses on three interactive infotainment stations embedded in the base of the ball, and it controls 510 cold-cathode tubes that turn the ball into a stunning nighttime light sculpture.

The light installation is now on permanent display at the Deutscher Fussballbund Headquarter in Frankfurt am Main.

Concept and realisation: Art + Sports GmbH, Frankfurt; Producer: Robert Hofferer, Project Manager: Christian Bauer.

Overall design, content, graphic identity: 3deluxe, Wiesbaden.

The MESO Team:
Sebastian Oschatz, Sven Bauer, Benedikt Groß, Tebjan Halm, Tobias Teickner, John Eichenseer, Joreg, Sebastian Gregor.

left: Copyright: © 2006 Artevent GmbH, Vienna. Photographer: Sakis Lalas
right: Copyright: © 2006 Art + Sports GMBH, Frankfurt/Germany. Photo: Sophie Robichon.

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