Giant Nobby Metal Soccer Balls

On today's walk, we came back through the newly opened Brisbane Square (it's still not completed, but pedestrians are allowed to walk through there now). In it are these large metal balls that look like they've been made out of the vegetable steamer baskets you used to get in large aluminium pressure cookers, attached to hexagonal or pentagonal plates and joined together to form balls.

There are at least a dozen of these things in various sized scattered around the square. Their purpose is unknown (apart from being some form of "art" and a way to use all those steamer baskets).

I waited and waited for the guy near the big ball to get out of my shot, but alas he didn't, so now he's filling the purpose of providing scale ;-)

View all photos taken: Monday, 13th November 2006, This photo: 2:22pm


  • Mark McCowen said:
    Crazy! Very interesting photo.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Hey - cool. I can see that square will attract Brisbane flickrites like flies :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mark, yes, very odd indeed!

    I reckon you're right David, I've already seen some pictures of these balls in the Brisbanites group.
  • rainforest_harley said:
  • Louise. said:
    That's unreal, I'm going to have a look asap.
    Sweet as.
  • looby88 said:
    kinda good ! whatever is that "scale bloke " up to, practising his ballet moves, strange !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Hehehe David was right, it will be a flickr photographer magnet!
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah Helen, you're not in hibernation after all ;-)

    He was, believe it or not, taking a photo (or at least doing something with a little point and shoot camera).
  • looby88 said:
    Not exactly, havent been out much though, have taken some dreadful photos of my daughters fishtank- not easy ! some in desperation photos of my shopping, going nuts _ i need to get out !!
  • a777thunder said:
    Cool Dave,
    I was through there the other day.
    I thought the thumbnail was a Mills Grenade lol
  • David de Groot said:
    Just as well they're not Kev! They're the size of shipping mines!

    Helen, ah yes, trapped in the house one tends to take photos of all sorts of things... fish in fishtanks are difficult though, I still haven't managed a good one of those. I suppose you're snowed in or something (or just too cold to go out?)
  • Maki_C30D said:
    Is that guy trying to get a shot of his distorted/ perforated reflection? hehe..

    Interesting shot!!
  • David de Groot said:
    I really don't know Maria, 'tis quite odd really. I got another shot of him a few seconds later, but he was only reviewing a photo on his camera in that one.
  • looby88 said:
    Not too cold, neither snowed in, the other half wasnt well over a couple of weekends, then he's been busy, I know I could take myself off on my own - but thats no fun. I cant run that fast either if some yob decided that my camera and I should be parted !!My favourite places are usually quite lonely places, better safe than sorry !

    we have had quite a bit off that wet stuff as well !
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah ok, yes one wouldn't necessarily want to wander around on your own with expensive camera equipment in lonely places... Not as much of an issue over here (except in the main cities), but I can imagine it's not something you'd want to risk there. And you're right, it is much nicer to share the sights with people you care about :)
  • borealnz said:
    They are amazing! And so big!!! Nice shot of them David.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite odd aren't they Jill? Councils in Australia seem to have a thing for Metal Balls... the Adelaide council put in shiny ones in the mall.
  • jacki-dee said:
    I, too, had to look larger to see what he was up to;maybe a camera phone or something? His photo will show up on flickr? Now, as to these balls; I see contests where you get to decorate a ball. Weave yarns in patterns: fill holes with flowers or flags: Hummmm.
  • David de Groot said:
    Here he is a bit closer, immediately after the above shot:

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