Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fear the Sphere!

"Super Balls ® encouraged wholesome, boyish, childhood-revisited kind of fun. The only thing to fear was the sphere itself. The ball was so resilient and picked up so much reverse spin that it didn't catch easily. After slamming one into a wall you might have to duck or be struck. Black eyes and welts, about the circumference of a Super Ball ® were common to the fad, but were not enough to dampen enthusiasm."

This is a fun excerpt from on websites historical reference on the Super Ball®.  


Enjoy this clever perspective.  

- The Founders

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hypersphaera degruyii

Hypersphaera degruyii
Brain Coral Superball

These duotone spheres appear in a variety of colors, set against a white background.  The squiggle pattern undulates around the entire surface and resembles the labyrinthine structure of the grooved brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis.    

This ball is named in memory of Mike deGruy, the renown filmmaker and marine biologist.  In recognition of the critical role that corals play in the health of the marine ecosystem and in dedication to deGruy's life long commitment to the preservation of the world's oceans and the creatures within it, this specimen will forever bare his name.

Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman

Hypersphaera degruyii, 2013
by Henry J. Simonds

A specimen box created for the ongoing project,
Requiem for the Super Ball®, From the exhibition Super•Ball.

Photo Courtesy of Henry J. Simonds, ©2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Walking Wounded Superball Ottoman

Another great Sphaeralogical Discovery!

Check out this designer's use of balls for a glowing ottoman.

Super Ball Ottoman - Finished Piece

You can also see here his process.

Super Ball Ottoman - Process