65,000 ping-pong balls turn pool party into cool party

Promoters use thousands of ping-pong balls, projected lights, and synchronized swimmers to create the ultimate interactive swimming show.

Who would've known ping pong balls have so many uses? Red Paper Heart

Pools aren't just for swimming, you know. Brooklyn art studio Red Paper Heart made some pretty nifty art with a swimming hole and 65,000 ping-pong balls. Before you dismiss that as an exercise in lunacy, take a look at a clever interactive pool party experience for yourself in the video below.

Red Paper Heart created the mesmerizing show in conjunction with city guide Web site UrbanDaddy, all for a tequila promotional event in Hamptons, N.Y.. The art studio programmed some software (using C++) to control the projector-driven light show that reacts to music. To enhance the visuals, the group enlisted a team of synchronized swimmers and some tuxedo-clad scuba divers to class up the joint.

"We created an application which mapped to the pool and displayed a floating river of graphics, pulled by an invisible tide. Audio reactive visuals bumped along with the various DJs and musical acts taking place poolside," Red Paper Heart said in a statement.

Anyone else seeing bulk orders of ping-pong balls for the summer?

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