SERIES

Football pitch metric system

The series evolved from a reflection of how normal it is to read or hear in the media references to sporting grounds when measuring large areas. Often such references are intended to help the reader or listener to imagine the measurements of large spaces, when in fact the opposite occurs, leading to continuous errors and inexactitude when using these references of measurement. It is not uncommon to hear expressions such as “the area affected by the fire is equivalent to five football pitches”. However, the dimensions of a complete stadium are very different to a simple football pitch. But do we really know how big a football pitch is? There are variations of tens of meters between different pitches, even within standard measurements. The maximum size is 120 x 90 m and the minimum 90 x 45 m. It is also interesting to observe how each of us use our own methods to measure area: we often refer to objects that are familiar to us. Clearly such references bear no relation to the established decimal metric system. These pieces therefore consist in measuring distance, area, volume, time etc. using football pitches and other objects as a reference.
¨Furniture pile¨, 2011, furniture¨ HEIGHT OF ABIERTO X OBRAS SPACE: 102 STACKED UP FURNITURE Photograph by Paco Gómez/NOPHOTO.
¨Football pitch¨, 2011, Photograph by Paco Gómez/NOPHOTO. Intervention AREA OF ABIERTO X OBRAS SPACE: 8,18% OF A FOOTBALL PITCH MATADERO DE MADRID.
¨Somersaults¨, 2011, Photograph by Paco Gómez/NOPHOTO. Animation. PERIMETER OF ABIERTO X OBRAS SPACE: 48 SOMERSAULTS OF MARTÍN.
¨Fog¨, 2011, Photograph by Paco Gómez/NOPHOTO. Intervention. VOLUME OF ABIERTO X OBRAS SPACE: 4 FOG MACHINES WORKING WITHOUT STOPING FOR 34 MINUTES.
Pool-basket ball¨, 2009, digital print AREA OF THE POOL: 11,9% OF A BASKET BALL COURT. Photograph by Alejandro Andrade