One of the values from a long list of table tennis benefits is the way the sport can be used to connect people through creative expression. In the world of sport, the least represented would be the artistic expression, but table tennis is so versatile that it inspires all types of people – even renowned artists – to utilize table tennis as a creative outlet.
Artistic Ping Pong for Charity
One recent example of the combination of ping pong and art is when twenty-one artists from a design agency were tasked to design customized ping pong paddles. The brightly decorated blades were to be exhibited at a London gallery before being auctioned off to raise money for charity. Designers from the agency were enthusiastic table tennis players and they realized combining their passion for the sport and desire to help someone in need would be one a hell of a project!
One of the artists used this chance to remind everyone the importance of table tennis by painting the Ping Pong Diplomacy art on his blade, while another designed a blade with a collage, referring to Ping Pong as a social sport (both paddles pictured below).
The ping pong paddle design project was a huge success, and allowed the combination of a multi-purposed sport – played by people of all ages, genders and body types – to show how artistic creation could be applied to one of the world’s most artistic activities.
Where It All Started
It was in 19th-century England when a dining table was given a second life as an impromptu, indoor substitute for tennis. The game was given the name Wiff-Waff, and though the name has faded, the basics of the game remained unchanged. Since then, ping pong tables, paddles and balls have been continually used throughout the years for artistic expression.
Ping Pong Artistry in movies
Ping pong artistic impression has inspired movies and, conversely, ping pong in movies has inspired artistic creation. One example of the latter is of Roy Wasson Valle, a Mexican sculptor and painter who created the awesome paddle art below. It was inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump” and also by Christopher Walken’s superb and odd characterization as the villain in the ping pong movie “Balls of Fury” in which Killerspin equipment was featured!
A dynamic mix of table tennis enthusiasm and artistry inspired the “Pongtopia” event in New York City to spread the love of table tennis throughout the world and to support a non-profit supporting NYC schools. At this event, players battled it out on custom table tennis tables and paddles. The equipment was then put on sale to benefit organizations who wish to spread their passion for creative subjects in public schools.
Use Table Tennis to Inspire Yourself and Those Around You
There is always a way to combine things you love as many artists often merge their craft with their passion for table tennis. As an always exciting and fun game, playing table tennis can sharpen your creative side whether just by stimulating creative parts of your brain during play or by using it as an artistic canvas like the artists above.
The versatility of table tennis benefits and the historic use of ping pong-inspired artistic expression has been a driving force behind some of the world’s most successful companies to adopt table tennis as a creativity-inspiring tool. Around the ping pong table, it allows disconnected people to bond on a personal level as well as to stimulate the mind for out-of-the-box thinking that leads to innovation in the workplace.
Don’t miss any chance to be a part of the table tennis world in any way possible. Either way you choose, make sure that you take some time out of your day to put down the electronics, get together with your family, friends or coworkers to jump-start your creative side and literally unplug…and play! – #UnPlugNPlay