Turn­ing the Ta­bles

A bold geo­met­ric con­crete ta­ble ten­nis ta­ble

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The ‘Ok Point’ ping pong ta­ble was cre­ated by an Aus­tralian duo – artist Laith Mcgre­gor, and architect Mur­ray Barker – as part of a 2014 ‘Mono­liths’ ex­hi­bi­tion for Mel­bourne’s Monash Uni­ver­sity Mu­seum of Art (MUMA). The uni­ver­sity even ac­quired two ta­bles and a match­ing bench for its cam­pus and they have stood the test of time hand­somely, be­com­ing a pop­u­lar de­sign at­trac­tion that ful­fills the orig­i­nal re­mit of cre­at­ing public art that peo­ple can con­nect with. “The works are per­ceived as enig­matic sculp­tural forms,” says Barker, “but they’re de­signed to elu­ci­date the weight of the ob­ject in re­la­tion to the sur­round­ing ur­ban land­scape, and con­form to stan­dard di­men­sions for recre­ational playa­bil­ity.” Made from rough con­crete and cast in a geo­met­ric style, the ‘Ok Point’ ta­ble com­prises a pyra­midic base, a top sur­face that has been pat­terned with di­a­mond cop­per in­lays (de­signed to patina over time) and a net con­structed from bead-blasted stain­less steel.

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