Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.
Images from Global Impact, the grouping purchased by Middlebury College, has begun to be permanently installed in locations around the world.
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Earlier today, Thatcher Littlefield, preparator at the college museum (copied here) swiftly and beautifully installed the Henry Simonds’Global Impact image for McCardell Bicentennil Hall and its label explaining how it is but one part of a globe-encompassing work. The image is right on axis of the corridor through which one enters the building from the parking lot, and provides a compelling, target-like, visual terminus to that long corridor.
Attached are three photograph: one from far away, one from a bit closer, and one from pretty close.
I just learned that my high-school art Teacher, Mark Winslow Potter, was integrating Super-Balls into his work as early as 1982. This man was a inspiration to me and helped me to push through my self-conscious blocks and find new ways of seeing. I swear that I never knew of this work, nor had seen it. I love that - almost 30 years later! - I found similar inspiration in these amazing spheres.