Culture: Art: Visual
Billiard painting   (+6, -1)  [vote for, against]
snooker trails

Take an old pool table. Dip each ball in paint (not too runny or it will leave puddles on the table). Rack em up and play. Throughout the game the balls will leave a coloured trail from the triangle to the pocket. Cut out the felt and frame. You will then have a lovely piece of abstract art to hang in your billiards room! Have fun tracing the path of each ball.
-- simonj, Aug 11 2003

BBC News Story
Martina Navratilova does the tennis version of this idea [hippo, Jun 06 2007]

Slow-mo billiards video
Beautiful footage [imaginality, May 15 2008]

Fairly easily bakeable for anyone willing to sacrifice a pool table.
-- motive power, Aug 11 2003

This is evil. +
Oil paint, of course.
-- thumbwax, Aug 11 2003

Rather than wreck the table, mount a digital camera on the ceiling above it and software-simulate the art.
-- krelnik, Aug 11 2003

.. and the table.
-- pjd, Aug 11 2003

...and the dogs chalking their cues.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 11 2003

-- bristolz, Aug 11 2003

I think [krelnik]'s idea is preferable, as really, once you hit the initial shot-- don't know my billiard terminology, you'll excuse me-- each ball's smeared some ink on a neighbor.
-- motive power, Aug 11 2003

Glow-in-the-dark billiard balls and a time lapse camera.
-- k_sra, Aug 11 2003

//Oil paint//
Yes. Or finger paint.

Have a paper insert that fits over the table, and you can do multiple abstract paintings with your balls.
-- Amos Kito, Aug 11 2003

So to speak.
-- angel, Aug 11 2003

If you know what I mean.
-- k_sra, Aug 11 2003

YOu don't have to sacrifice your pool table to bake this: thin, pre-cut, easy to install felt coverings would be available at stores for each painting/game and they can be replaceable every time.
-- Pericles, Aug 11 2003

Did something similar with tennis balls in a white room. Lots of fun. The fuzzy felt on the balls holds a lot of paint, so you don't have to reload too often. But the outcome was pretty bad, art-wise. Much better to make than to look at.
-- oxen crossing, Aug 11 2003

or a soccer version, implemented with a soccer ball sprinkling different types of grass seed on your lawn.
-- neilp, Aug 11 2003

Do we get bonus points if we jump a ball off the pool table and leave a large ink spot on the other player's forehead?

//Glow-in-the-dark billiard balls and a time lapse camera//

Good idea - don't forget a blacklight to make the balls glow nice and bright.

[mr_imagonna]; the tennis balls remind me of something else that's fun, VERY dangerous, albeit unrelated to art.. Soak a tennis ball in lighter fluid, ignite, and play night-time flaming street hockey. I guarantee the goalie won't block a single shot. =]

-- gothgeekboi, Aug 11 2003

I like this. Time to bring out the jump shots and massés : "Fast and loose"

(aside how does one use an e with an accent in annos? Cheers [Kreuner]!)
-- Jinbish, Aug 12 2003

[krelnik] But how do you hang it on the wall?
-- simonj, Aug 13 2003

This idea is insane...but I LOVE it! Bravo!
-- janbest, Jun 06 2007

Will do this one day, one day...
-- simonj, May 15 2008

We should do this with cars. Imagine a rainbow spaghetti around London as viewed from one's helicopter...
-- MaxwellBuchanan, May 15 2008

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