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Black Ball – giant black felt ball will roll in the northern Black Forest

Projekt des Schmuckmuseums-Fördervereins zur Ornamenta 2024

A huge black ball made of felted merino wool will be on the road in Pforzheim and the Enzkreis for Ornamenta 2024. Between July and September, local people can decide how and where to move the ball. Some roll it through the streets, amid great laughter. Others lie down under the ball and let themselves be rolled over, oddly enough mainly men in suits. Are we in control of things? Or are we being rolled over by them?

The Black Ball, with its three-metre diameter, is something like black absorbing matter, an object with merely a few properties, ›a challenging form of nothingness‹, so to speak. Only through use does it become a thing that connects people and places in unusual ways. Properties arise in association with the respective places and people. In inner cities, for example, the ball becomes a frightening obstacle blocking the road for people and vehicles. In a French garden, on the other hand, it is a friendly toy for children.

Black Ball is a project that the Jewellery Museum's friends’ association, ISSP, applied to the Ornamenta team for. »With its size, this black ball is unmissable, but at the same time it seems like a black hole into which you can sink, and you appear to be non-existent,« is how Jewellery Museum Director Cornelie Holzach describes it with fascination. First, the Black Ball for the Jewellery Museum has to be made. It is an interactive process in which many can participate. That was the deciding factor for the ISSP, as chairwoman Birgitta Hafner explains: »Because felting brings so many, also different people together, and that here in the Jewellery Museum, we as the friends’ association applied for this project.« Production is scheduled to start in May 2024 - in the middle of the museum. Then an area will be created in the modern collection of the Museum where everyone who wants to can work on the giant sphere. Those who participate will receive unforgettable memories during Ornamenta 2024, maybe also new friends and free admission to the Jewellery Museum.

Information and dates for the respective felt workshops from January 2024 at
The number of participants is limited. First come, first served!

Registration on the ISSP Homepage or by e-mail to blackball(at)