Sculpting Sound With Ping Pong Balls And Wire

Sculpting Sound With Ping Pong Balls And Wire
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A Swiss artist evokes the natural and artificial simultaneously in organic soundscapes created by industrial materials.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
  • 15 november 2011

Swiss artist Zimoun’s exhibition at Florida’s Ringling Museum of Art is simple and repetitive, to stunning effect.

Zimoun assembles cardboard boxes, tiny motors, wire and ping pong balls into various configurations, structures that are sculptures themselves, but when the motors are turned on create an enveloping soundscape of taps, swishes and clinkings of metal, paper and plastic.

Placed in an industrial, minimal setting, the sounds created by these sculptures are very organic, most like the movement of water and wind.


Zimoun’s work is presented as a combination of the visual, or sculptural, showing and a sonic performance, that explores the creation and degeneration of patterns and the interplay between the artificial and organic.

This is Zimoun’s first work in Florida and one of his few showings in the United States. The exhibition runs until January 8th, 2012.


Ringling Museum

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