berlin: fernsehturm as soccer ball

Posted on March 28, 2006

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by michael scott moore

The company that owns Berlin’s TV tower, Deutsche Telekom, has been patching over the Communist-era Sputnik globe with a white-and-magenta soccer ball design. I think it’s sacriligious kitsch, but I don’t own the tower. Deutsche Telekom presumably thinks they’ll get free advertising during the World Cup, when newscasters all over the world go for “humor” or “color” by explaining with a chortle what the deal is with the big pink soccer ball on a stick.

For those of you in Berlin, this is old news. For those of you in the US (or wherever), now you know the deal, so you can throw socks at your TV screen.

… Or, I guess, your computer.

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