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65,000 ping-pong balls turn pool party into cool party

Promoters use thousands of ping-pong balls, projected lights, and synchronized swimmers to create the ultimate interactive swimming show.

Who would’ve known ping pong balls have so many uses?

(Credit: Red Paper Heart)

Pools aren’t just for swimming, you know. Brooklyn art studio Red Paper Heart made some pretty nifty art with a swimming hole and 65,000 ping-pong balls. Before you dismiss that as an exercise in lunacy, take a look at a clever interactive pool party experience for yourself in the video below.

Red Paper Heart created the mesmerizing show in conjunction with city guide Web site UrbanDaddy, all for a tequila promotional event in Hamptons, N.Y.. The art studio programmed some software (using C++) to control the projector-driven light show that reacts to music. To enhance the visuals, the group enlisted a team of synchronized swimmers and some tuxedo-clad scuba divers to class up the joint.

“We created an application which mapped to the pool and displayed a floating river of graphics, pulled by an invisible tide. Audio reactive visuals bumped along with the various DJs and musical acts taking place poolside,” Red Paper Heart said in a statement.

Anyone else seeing bulk orders of ping-pong balls for the summer?

 

 

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