Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl have designed and 3D printed 50 data sculptures based on game data from each of the 50 Professional Football Championship Games from 1967 to 2016.
Their project called VERSUS 0.02 [gridiron] artistically interprets the game data of the 60 minute football game into 3D printed depictions that visually condense the game into a single frame. The sculptures analyse the game play by play and visualise the distance the ball traveled regardless of type of play.Margarita Benitez, Fashion Technologist and Assistant Professor at The Fashion School at Kent State University, and Markus Vogl, Assistant Professor in Art at the Meyers School of Art at the University of Akron, explain: “Our 3D software then builds arcs based on the distance the ball travels. In order to keep the flow of the game recognizable, the teams are assigned a side, Penalties are factored into the beginning of the play. Touchbacks are registered 2 yards behind the goal line, Touchdowns 5 yards, extra points 20 yards, Field goals 15 yards and safeties 9 yards. If a ball is brought out from the end zone it registers at the 0 yard line of the respective team. In order to keep the flow of the game recognizable, the teams are assigned a side and remain on that side. The kickoff team can be identified by the kickoff arch. Plays are numerically advanced from the front to the back.”