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Galen Maloney

29 neighbors want the People's Table – an artistic public ping pong table in Central Market, San Francisco.

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The People's Table is a free, outdoor, and artistically designed ping pong table promoting real connections between people of diverse communities through play and art, focusing on areas with a need for positive social and civic engagement.  

About
Public ping pong inserts play and fun into the daily life of our community. Whether you play against a friend or engage a stranger in some friendly competition, taking ping pong from the privacy of basements, offices and rec centers into the street can enliven our public places. With the current transformation of mid market in full swing, we have aptly named our table THE PEOPLE'S TABLE because it is free for all to enjoy, no matter your income, lifestyle, form of employment or housing situation. THE PEOPLE'S TABLE also serves as a canvas for local artists to express themselves, and simultaneously provides a fun and interactive setting for the entire community of mid market.

As the world's second most popular sport behind soccer, people of all ages and cultures have experienced the simple joy of a pong rally. It requires concentration, eye hand coordination, and a touch of swag. You don't need a uniform or special clothing to enjoy a random game at a moment's inspiration. With tables designed to withstand outdoor conditions, ping pong can be enjoyed under the sun, in the fog, or under the stars. Paddles and balls will be stored under the table on a shelf or with a local business so that they can be checked out. Cities like Barcelona and Berlin already enjoy a hearty outdoor ping pong culture, and the climate and vibe of the Bay Area makes it a perfect place to establish a ping pong revolution; one that involves play, art, design, community and healthy competition.

Outreach
Community outreach will be conducted through social and more traditional methods like word of mouth and flyers. We will also reach out to local non profits such as United Playaz to receive their support and input in terms of styles and table designs, and organize some fun outdoor tournaments.

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Henry
Market Street Prototyping Festival
Sahiti Karempudi
Joseph Thomas
Peter J. Sampson
Josh Lee
Trevor Prater
Michelle Chinn
Bruce Rosenblum
Karen Silva Cisneros
Tee Parham
Lem James
Corinne Takara
Barry Feldman
Dan
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KaBOOM!

Hi Galen, this KaBOOM! grant could be an additional source of funding for you (up to $50k): play60playon.kaboom.org

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Posted Oct 2, 2015
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Galen Maloney

We've installed the latest version of the People's Table at 6th and Market. It looks great in front of the mural, and we've received amazing positive feedback.

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Posted Oct 1, 2015
Dan
Dan
Oct 1, 2015

Love this iteration Galen - nice work!

Posted by Dan on Oct 1, 2015
Corinne Takara
Corinne Takara
Oct 1, 2015

Beautiful! Wonderful design!

Posted by Corinne Takara on Oct 1, 2015
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Galen Maloney

Street Life: Ping Pong

This is "Street Life: Ping Pong" by Henge on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

vimeo.com/130780123

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Posted Sep 3, 2015
Dan
Dan
Sep 3, 2015

So good.

Posted by Dan on Sep 3, 2015
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Galen Maloney
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The People's Table: Outdoor Public Ping Pong

This Instructable provides details and instructions for an outdoor ping pong table that also serves as a work of art which can become a permanent fixt...

www.instructables.com/id/The-P...

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Posted Jul 28, 2015
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Galen Maloney

The People's TABLE on Market and 6th. This one is a refurbished table painted black to serve as a chalkboard as well as a ping pong table.

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Posted Apr 11, 2015
Dan
Dan
Apr 11, 2015

There was a lot of love for the ping pong tables at the festival!

Posted by Dan on Apr 11, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Apr 12, 2015

The ping pong table ruled. It was sublime to see people that didn't know each other meet playing ping pong. My favorite was watching two guys-- a student and architect-- play ping pong and then walk down Market afterward in conversation.

Posted by Tom K. on Apr 12, 2015
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Galen Maloney

#MPSFpingpong THE PEOPLE'S TABLE on Market and 6th

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Posted Apr 11, 2015
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Peter Haakon Thompson

Hey
super excited about this, I have made a couple of public ping pong tables in Minnesota.
in Union Depot www.peterhaakonthompson.com/
and a Temporary Table Tennis Trailer,
www.facebook.com/TemporaryTT

The streets need more public Table Tennis!

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Posted Feb 16, 2015
Dan
Dan
Feb 16, 2015

Right on Peter .. I enjoyed reading about Ping Pong Diplomacy. The mobile ping pong table is fantastic!

Posted by Dan on Feb 16, 2015
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Galen Maloney

A mini version of our artistic intentions for a ping pong table. Can't wait to put something like this on Market street near 6th street.

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Posted Jan 21, 2015
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Lem James

Thanks for contacting us Galen. Love what you are doing with the concept and taking it to the streets.

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Posted Dec 13, 2014
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Galen Maloney

Cool concrete pong tables! youtu.be/xTeanPHsipM

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Posted Dec 11, 2014
Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas
Dec 11, 2014

Cool! Now let's get the City to install some in the parks, and along the Embarcadero and Marina.

Posted by Joseph Thomas on Dec 11, 2014
Dan
Dan
Dec 12, 2014

Nice @SFBeautiful cameo in the video!

Posted by Dan on Dec 12, 2014
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