Galactic Dimension is a supersized pinball machine built for the Phaeno science center in Wolfsburg, Germany. The pinball is built on a steep ramp and has a gigantic playing field measuring 3x6 meters. The interactive installation by by Niklas Roy uses everyday items such as hair dryers and office items to give the impression that the contraption can be built at home.
As a science center should stimulate creativity and inventiveness, I repurposed everyday items like hair dryers and office fans for the playfield elements, giving the visitors the idea that they could also build such a contraption at home. The result is a fully playable machine, operated via a control desk where the score is displayed on a jumbo calculator. Needless to say – hunting the high score is galactic fun! Styled with UFO’s and other cosmic references, the pinball fits perfectly into the futuristic building designed by the star architect Zaha Hadid.