With the notable exception of Kingpin, bowling hasn't been associated with great art. Now, though, the bowling ball is finally enjoying its turn as an objet d'art thanks to Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda, two Florida artists, and their newly published book, On the Ball: Over 80 Artists Put a New Spin on the Classic Bowling Ball. Over the course of five years, the duo solicited bowling-ball-based works from artists around the world. Here's a sampling from the collection.
Untitled, by Johnny Meah
Meah's art often depicts the world of circus sideshows—he himself has performed as a sword-swallower and fire-eater—hence this take on the circus fat lady.
And on the 7th Day, by Chris Hubbard
One of Hubbard's Heaven and Hell works, which also includes Heaven and Hell Car, a 1990 Honda Civic decorated with images of angels and demons.
Birdhouse, by Holly Apperson
Birdhouses are big with Apperson, who has made a habit of making personalized ones as gifts for her friends.
Flash, by Emily Hughes
A self-portrait that's also a statement on the travails of aging—specifically, says Hughes, of entering her red-faced years.
Untitled, by Judd
Juddletts is the name the artist has given to the small ceramic figures that often appear in his works, including those crawling over this ball.
Super Bowl Sundae, by Bob Apperson
Inspiration struck after the pun-happy artist watched an NFL playoff game and heard an announcer talking about the upcoming title match. Says Apperson, "I had my play on words, and I went balls out!"