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.
As I prepare for the Opening of the new show, BOUNCE!, in a few weeks time; I am reminded of all the folks who made the LAST show possible. Thanks to: - Lani and Leigh at Nakturnal for papering the town.
- Bailey Wiegel of Copper Kettle Brewing Company for the amazing I.S.S. Beers
- Heather Hackett at the East End Food Co-op for providing support for "Family Day"
- Brian Holderman for the AMAZING posters
- Bob Beckman, Matt Forrest, and the whole crew at Artist Image Resource for the incredible creative collaboration and print work.
- Stephanie and Brad Towell at Modesto Studios for the Deep-V tees!
- Ashley Andrews, Erika Johnson, and Nora Gilchrist at PCCR for a fantastic "Family Day" Make Fest.
- Rob Long and crew for everything.
- Mia for the show!!!!
If I forgot you, you are not forgotten, just currently misidentified.
We here at the I.S.S. are proud to share the GREAT!! news that we will be partnering with the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh CLICK ME!!! on the AMAZING, BRAND NEW!! show
The #BRILLIANT folks at the CMoP have been hard at work thinking up Wild & Crazy ways to look at the Bouncy Ball from a frrreessshhh... perspective and our fearless Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist, Henry J. Simonds, has been collaborating on some INCREDIBLE! original displays. During the run of the show, Mr. Simonds will be keeping regular irregular hours each month to oversee programs and enlighten the small minded patrons - THIS IS A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, SO THEY LITERALLY HAVE SMALLER BRAINS.
SO... come on out during those cold, winter months and warm up by the light of tiny thoughts brightening as they - and you Big Kids! - get all wound up and giggly with excitment at the sight and sheer joy of playing with BOUNCY BALLS!!!!
Join us on Friday, October 10th, from 5-7:30pm for Cocktails and Hours Divorce to celebrate BOUNCE!
Please RSVP to Charlotta Enflo, Manager of Individual Giving at cenflo@Pittsburghkids.org or 412-586-6038 by October 3.
Because of you and your votes, SUPER•BALL won the award of "People's Choice" at the 2014 DATA celebration on May 7th. 11,000 people world-wide voted for dozens of projects in Desgin, Art, and Technology and OVERWHELMINGLY selected this exhibition as their favorite.
Many, many thanks to you and all the folks who made this possible.
One of the most fun projects for the new show, was to create custom signage for the entrance, referencing old Wham-O logos and marketing material. As luck would have it, a world class design/fabrication shop was located in the space adjacent to The MINE Factory. Katie and Brandon were amazing and worked tirelessly to create these two stellar signs.
If you ever have any high-end design work you need, look them up.
These triptychs were new to the project for the show in Pittsburgh. The original photographs - though beautiful - did not accurately show the relative sizes of the balls under that act of compression. In these we show 3 consecutive frames (at 2800fps), showing the moment just prior to impact, the moment of impact, and the moment of full compression. That way we were able to reflect the physical change the ball goes through under that force.
We hope you find them both illuminating intellectually, but also compelling visually.