2006 FIFA World Cup Football Globe touring Germany, currently in Hamburg
As of today (August 31) the Football Globe is in Hamburg. After Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Leipzig, Hamburg is the fifth stop for this roadshow for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The globe will be opened on ‘Rathausmarkt’ this evening at 5 p.m. in a ceremony attended by André Heller, Franz Beckenbauer, Mayor Ole von Beust, as well as State Secretary Göttrik Wewer and is scheduled to stay in Hamburg until November 7. By the time the World Cup starts next year the twenty-meter-high, sixty-ton steel soccer ball will have been on display in all the host cities.
Commenting in advance of the opening in Hamburg, Wewer said: “The Football Globe has become a symbol of the artistic and cultural program centered around the 2006 World Cup. Since its opening in Berlin in September 2003 more than 250,000 people have gone through the globe and seen the soccer-related multimedia show inside. With a good location on ‘Rathausmarkt’ the globe is bound to attract large crowds. Never before has there been such a widely publicized public relations effort in the runup to a World Cup. Other projects are also being funded in the framework of the advertising program for the World Cup with a view to presenting Germany’s artistic and cultural diversity to national and international audiences. The program is intended to emphasize creativity and high artistic standards.”
The Football Globe is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, but that is extended to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It is part of the supplementary program planned by the German government and the World Cup organizing committee. The government intends to provide a total of around 30 million euros for the program from proceeds taken from World Cup souvenir coin sales.
You walk up twenty-seven steps and suddenly find yourself in a virtual world of soccer. There are interactive games, virtual installations, and images projected onto large screens. You can assume the role of a referee, see soccer stars up close, shoot virtual goals, listen to emotional commentaries, and watch soccer fans react in different parts of the world – all in top-quality presentations designed to satisfy every taste. During the day the globe is an interactive world of virtual experience. At night it turns into an illuminated globe of the world and a stage for diverse artistic, cultural, and sports presentations.
The globe was designed by architect Buckminster Fuller. It has the classic form of a soccer ball with twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons. André Heller turned it into a multimedia art object.
There are special presentations in the Football Globe at 8:30 p.m.. Appearances have been scheduled in Hamburg by Marcel Reif, Manfred Krug, and the cast of the film “Das Wunder von Bern”. There will also be a presentation of Moments of Glory from the Video Museum, Wolf Biermann & The Leather Ball, reports from soccer developers working in Third World countries, an evening with Jürgen Leinemann and national women’s team coach Tina Theune-Meyer, as well as a reading by author and soccer fan Tim Parks.