GLOBALL is a new take on social media created as a work of art by artist Oliver Warden.
"Basically, I want to pass seven wooden balls, one for each letter in GLOBALL, hand to hand, person to person, around the world.
On each of these wooden balls will be the instructions of what to do with it in multiple languages (three different ones for each ball) and in pictograms. When you receive a GLOBALL:
1. Take a picture of yourself with it and send the picture, your first name, your location and the time to our website www.wheresgloball.com.
2. Once on the website you can fill out a profile. There you can share your experience, connect with other GLOBALLers and follow your ball on its journey.
3. You’ll then be asked to pass the GLOBALL to a VERY GOOD FRIEND and explain the instructions. It CANNOT be mailed!
Hopefully as each ball travels, everyone will think about words such as 'share' and 'friend' and 'follow'. With a little luck, each GLOBALL will go on a voyage of friendship and connectivity around the world." - Oliver
Please help this project become a reality by making a donation of any amount.
After 90 days of soaking in PEG (Polyethelene glycol) the first GLOBALL prototype has emerged. The PEG will allow it to petrify so it won’t crack later. Drying time should be 6 weeks. I’m very excited to see what happens next!
The GLOBALL has been soaking in PEG for 58 days now. What is PEG you ask? Why it’s Polyethylene Glycol of course! An odorless, colorless, non-toxic goo that you’ve been smearing on your body and putting into your cavities for years. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants and yes, even lube are all made of Polyethylene Glycol. What PEG does is replace the water in the wood with itself. That way, when the ball comes out and dries, since it won’t have anymore moisture in it, it won’t expand or contract with changes in temperature or humidity and therefore won’t have any cracking or splitting.
So, if you needed an update on Oliver’s project, know I’m busy lubing my ball. Picture below!
GLOBALL is an opportunity for the public at-large to reclaim art back unto itself. Art for art’s sake is a dying imperative, and subsequently, so is the role of its reception, which qualifies and signifies the value of art.
The art of GLOBALL is in how it harnesses the human spirit and relies on ideals of humanism to sustain its existence. It’s empowering, inclusive and implicitly takes on the task of determining through the tension between viewer, subject and object.