FOODBALL

This is a project to integrate playfulness, food systems and lightweight agriculture into a very popular pastime.

Football (fútbol, futból or soccer) is very popular around the world, in some latin american countries, fútbol news can take over the nations conversations, above social and environmental issues.

It can be played on many surfaces, such as dirt, sand, synthetic grass, and real grass. Most popular stadiums spend a lot of money on keeping the grass at the right height and depth for the ball to roll right.

Foosball, fútbol's little brother is also a very popular game in social clubs and carnavals. It can also be found in modern tech startups as a way to lower the employees' stress levels and foster creativity.

I imagine this Foodball table as a way to introduce a more productive playing field and create conversations about our environment and the roles we play in affecting it.

As an outdoor sculpture using overgrown sedum plants, it references the Mayan and Aztec ruins of pyramids and social infrastructure that have been taken over by the local flora. These civilizations also had "stadiums" to play ballgame (Juego de Pelota).

The flowers in the Sedum field also serve as a way to attract the very important pollinator bees, now in danger to go extinct, just like the mentioned ancient civilizations expired.

The Foodball can also be fully useable outdoors when by using grass in the field. Even the grass can help capture and slow rain even if in such a small surface.

The Foodball can also use aromatic ground covering herbs such as creeping thyme or corsican mint, the players and ball in the match will shake the plants and release its scents.

The leaves can also be used for food and drink after the game, giving the players a way to stay connected to their food and their game.