In Brief

An elegant installation in Poland and Germany lets people relive the days of fast food restaurant ball pits.

An elegant palace in Kraków, Poland is not exactly the place where you would expect to see people rolling around on the floor, enjoying the delicious onslaught of thousands of yellow plastic balls. But that’s exactly the premise behind the intricately engineered Suck My Balls!, the brainchild of ‘inventor of useless things’ Niklas Roy. The twist in Suck The Balls!, which is part of a traveling exhibition from the Goethe-Institut called Spieltrieb! (Play Instinct!), is that participants bring the shower of balls upon themselves, after the balls travel through an intricate series of pneumatic tubes. The intricate, looping delivery system for the balls, which was originally meant to be continuous instead of activated by a lever, is actually just like a canister vacuum cleaner with a long, complex hose (80 meters, to be exact), but the effect looks utterly mesmerizing.

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