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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

San Francisco bouncy balls

Remember that mindblowing commercial a few years ago where thousands of bouncy balls cascaded down the hills of San Francisco? Well, Danish photographer Peter Funch captured photos of the scene, and Lumas is selling limited edition prints. Aren't they magical?

Here's the commercial, if you haven't seen it:
(Via Honestly WTF)

97 comments:

Cyn said...

Beautiful pictures!

Joanna Goddard said...

i know! i would have loved to have been there -- that little kid must have been freaking out! :)

one hungry mama said...

omg. this is real?! amazing. thanks for sharing! wowowow!

Jenna Lee said...

Its amazing! I never saw this commercial! Its absolutely stunning. I love to see creative things like this. It makes me so proud!

vanillasugar said...

oh man would i love to have been there.

Kate {domestikatedlife} said...

Really cool! We did something similar in a long sloped hallway in my high school as our 'senior prank' -- it was a fun idea!

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

Somehow I managed to miss this commercial! So whimsical!

At my husband's high school graduation each student in his class handed the principal a bouncy ball as he/she walked across the stage. You can imagine what that looked like after ten or so students had walked across. :)

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

Kate, I think bouncy balls ALWAYS make for a good prank!

s a m said...

This is like an art installation! (or maybe performance art because those balls are bouncing everywhere?) Sometimes, commercials are pretty awesome.

I love the lightheartedness of it all paired with the Jose Gonzales song.

Annalise said...

What a fantastic commercial! There's almost a bittersweet feeling to it with the music - makes you want to laugh and cry all at the same time. I especially love the frog!

Beatriz Craven... That Girl in Pearls said...

Haha wow, I totally missed the commercial the first time around. Brilliant!

Hope you have a wonderful day, Love.
B.
That Girl in Pearls

rebecca said...

wow, this is incredible!!!! I can't believe this was actually done...

Bethy said...

ohh i forgot all about this commercial! beautiful. i love that song too. i would love to have one of those photos

Rebecca Paul said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there for this! Absolutely stunning.

Heather said...

That's a pretty fanbulous start to the working portion of the day...watching thousands and thousands of brilliantly colored balls bouncing down the street and Jose Gonzales playing in the background :)

Federica said...

che bello!!!!

communikate. said...

holy smokes! i never saw this commerical. this is amazing for so many reasons.

side note: when i was a kid my dream was to own a bouncy ball factory. they're just so happy!

Ginger Roxy said...

Love these pictures! They look so joyful.


xox

GR


www.gingerroxy.blogspot.com

macaca grava por cima said...

A M A Z I N G!
They make you feel life is worth living!!!

xo

nikki said...

this is totally awesome. I'd never seen that commercial before!

In a State of Luxe said...

I loved this commercial! Thanks for the reminder...it's magical

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Jacquelyn said...

omg that is seriously so cool. I can't stop watching!

xo jackie
http://livingaftermidnite.blogspot.com

Monogrammed Gifts said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing.xx

Melanie
www.LuxuryMonograms.com

Anonymous said...

First thought: Is that the Full House house?? Second thought: Who cleaned all that up?? :-) Thanks for sharing! That is really fun and neat.

abode love said...

You're SO right... these are gorgeous! I could see these prints in SO many different spaces- the bright colors and the movement in these prints would give any space life... thanks for sharing!

abodelove.blogspot.com

Magdalena Viktoria said...

Love this--and San Francisco!
Jose Gonzalez--Heartbeats? similar :p

wildchild said...

woah that commercial is so cool! i'd never seen it before

mackenzie said...

I loved this commercial, and I love bouncy balls. As a mater of fact I carry one in my purse at all times. Just spotting it in the bottom of my bag makes me smile. xoxo

Caley said...

Who would have associated a color TV with bouncy balls? Wow, marketing is nuts!

Beautiful, though!

Naomi said...

Oh. my. goodness. I've never seen this commercial. Why is it that things like this give me a mini-burst of energy like when I was a kid??

Nomadic D. said...

I did a post on this not too long ago too. Did you see the making of? There's a link to it on my blog, I think it's fascinating!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/2011/05/color-celebration.html

Elisa said...

wow!

Anna Walker said...

Wow. It's so awesome!
I LOVE the song as well, I just heard it on an old episode of Scrubs I was watching the other day!

I wonder if we can re-create this somehow!?

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

meredith lockhart said...

What a beautiful commercial. But I have to admit, it kinda stresses me out to think about cleaning up all those bouncy balls!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are so totally brilliant! It would be fun to frame all of them in one huge frame:) Have a lovely day, Joanna:) Kisses

Shea Nichole said...

How have I never seen this commercial before? Amazing! You gotta love Jose Gonzalez :)

Swedish in Atlanta said...

So cool!
Petra

Brittany. said...

i love that commercial! definitely gonna check out the prints.

Courtney said...

I love it! Think I might be watching that video a few times over : )

Heba said...

lovely photos ,they're so cheerful :)

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julia said...

I don't think I'm getting the joy - all I can think about is what if I were on a bike...I imagine myself careening out of control, trying to get traction on a bunch of bouncy balls. What a way to go.

Maria said...

Oh my goodness. I love this! This is so amazing!

Emily said...

This is one of the most amazing things I've seen all month, maybe so far this year. I never saw that commercial! It's so beautifully shot and such a fun concept. WOW.

emily said...

Boooo!!! All sold out! I went to the Jose Gonzalez concert after seeing this commercial.

Jackie said...

Brings new meaning to having a ball!

MG said...

I really like those photos and I want them! So fun with the lovely SF scenery in the background!

Ana* said...

I had never seen this commercial.

leatheristhisgirl said...

very cool! thanks for sharing:)

Leontine Marchal said...

too bad... photos are sold already! Would have made the best birthday present for my husband...

Monica from Hola!design said...

this is so cool! I'd love to buy a print!

Sist and Sist said...

That is so awesome!

Sarah said...

Wow i never saw this commercial. How the heck do you get licensing for that kind of thing? And how do they catch them all before they go into the bay? With a big net? lol Gosh it was lovely though. And that frog jumping out of the pipe was pretty amazing too. So awesome.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Alexa said...

Oh wow, really beautiful images. Would look great on a wall.
alexa

thinkpriddy said...

Wow! One of my favorites!

marci said...

That is so cool! It looks amazing! I have never seen that commercial. I'm so glad you shared it.

Mrs. C said...

That was the best commercial!!!! Amazing photos!!


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EMILY said...

That, is terrific! This city keeps capturing my heart day after day. x

Allison said...

that is amazing! the video is beautiful, but the best part is that little frog jumping out of the gutter :)

thanks for sharing!

mary {lifeinspired} said...

so fun! the jose gonzalez song that plays throughout is a favorite of mine.
xo

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, they're all sold out! and i know, the adorable frog :)

Karina Cifuentes said...

I work in commercial advertising, and I have to say, this was an extremely monumental spot. So thoughtful and innovative. Work like this makes me feel so inspired!

Patricia said...

I loved this commercial! so beautiful, colourful, and cool! Always loved bouncing these as high as possible, and I think releasing this many would be a wicked time

http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Reminds me of Italian artist Graziano Cecchini who released over half a million plastic balls down Rome's Spanish Steps!

Kerry June said...

i LOVE this so much

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love the ad, so orignal and beautiful

http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

www.StarHughes.com said...

These are magical pictures!!! LOVE them!
Star Hughes Living

the lil bee said...

I absolutely remember the commercial and still think of it when I hear that song (Heartbeats). It's one of my all-time favorites. These photos are incredible. And I LOVE the cake toppers above. Crafty people like that make my head spin!

John Valenty said...

Truly a genius commercial. I would love one of those prints.

Mobrandtly said...

So inspiring!

www.mobrandtly.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

i never saw this!! Amazing! And that frog!!!!!!

Ryan Johnson Photography said...

I remember seeing that commercial and wishing that i could have been there to photograph it!

Totally awesome! Still love it!

ryanjohnsonphotography.blogspot.com

thrillofthechaise.com said...

Oh my gosh, that's amazing! I had never seen that!

Kate

www.thrillofthechaise.com

Mabel and Zora said...

That was really cool!

emily said...

my husband and i bought a bravia because of this commercial. genius.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

how did i miss this commercial?
i'm obsessed. ... 3 yrs later.

Anonymous said...

The song playing is Jose Gonzalez. He is brilliant and his whole album, Veneer, is just as good as that song

Lauren Michelle said...

I LOVE this commercial - the colorful bouncy balls, the imagery of the shots, and the music add up to make it a very beautiful commercial. It makes you feel so cathartic.

hello. said...

so mesmerizing!! i could watch this over + over... {they must've had one heck of a clean up crew :P}

Sunshine said...

great pics! I want to visit SF one day.

Nicole Marie said...

i saw this video awhile ago. it makes me so happy. and i loved it because the streets are near my streets!

Ainsley said...

wow, that video was beautiful and i love that version of heartbeats!

Joey said...

Still one of the most inspiring commercials to date! Very well thought through, very well executed!

CARLEY FAY said...

It's something so magical.
Can you believe more than 250,000 balls were used. It would be quite the clean-up!

Anonymous said...

I bought the Jose Gonzalez album because of that commercial

India

C. said...

That's one of the neatest things I've seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if any of you have seen this spoof made by my friend and member of the Canadian Rowing Team, but I find it quite funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3NB9toJgGQ

I love, love, LOVE your blog btw!

Francesca Felix said...

amazing video!!
francesca

http://www.frankvinyl.com

Eliza Jane said...

Wow. This is amazing!

mnemonique said...

I remember this commercial, I loved the music and the photos. I could have such print on my wall!!!

Have a great weekend
Monika
www.efektnimbu.blogspot.com
www.bentopopolsku.blogspot.com

hearttypat said...

this is sooo cool!!! how did they ploan something like that??? and not hotting the random guy? or break a car window, or if the balls don't stop bouncing.. too many questions. but I love it!!!

katie winsy said...

my boyfriend and I live in SF and he figured out where they filmed the commercial, went, found, and picked up about 20 of the balls that were still hidden in the bushes 2 years later! They are currently in a big glass jar in our house :)

Liv said...

I adore dots, how on earth did they make all of them bounce..and collect them afterwards?

jena said...

Love this commercial! I also discovered Jose Gonzalez through this... so great!

Eli said...

All I could think about when watching that commercial was how did they avoid someone losing an eye/broken windows/dents on those cars/knocking a cat out/leaving non-biodegradable plastic everywhere. I'm much to pragmatic for whimsy, I think.

www.muebles-en-murcia.com said...

So, I don't actually suppose this may have success.

levitra cialis said...

Looks so so cool, I would love also to be there.

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