July 14, 2010

Bright ideas: Ping pong for all!

Ping pong paddleComing this summer to the streets of London: 100 tables, 4,000 paddles, and 10,000 balls. A new initiative called Ping London, launched by the nonprofit arts organization, Sing London, is installing concrete ping pong tables in public spaces around the city, from Trafalgar Square to Heathrow Airport.

After all, who can resist the temptation of a playful ping pong volley? It’s amazing how something as simple as a concrete slab can lure people outdoors; unite strangers; and inspire kids, teenagers, and adults alike.

The United Kingdom isn’t the first country to take ping pong to the streets—public ping pong tables are already staples in France, China, and Ethiopia, among other countries:

Ping pong in France

Paris, France. Photo by Erin and Lance Willett (cc). Top photo by Dave Bone (cc).


Pint pong in China

Beijing, China. Photo by saucy_pan (cc).

Ping pong in Ethiopia

Ambo, Ethiopia. Photo by bbcworldservice (cc).

Will the United States follow suit?


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