Turning the Tables
A bold geometric concrete table tennis table
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.