The 1966 World Cup Final As Art

This is pretty fantastic:

George Cohen, 1966 World Cup final

That’s a tracing of the movement of England fullback George Cohen during the 1966 World Cup final by David Marsh in a London exhibition called “Some People Are On The Pitch”. As his site explains:

The project traces the movement of the players throughout the 1966 World cup final between England and West Germany to create a ‘portrait’ of the nation’s most treasured sporting victory.

Created by mapping archive footage at 1/2 real speed, using the pitch markings and the stripes of the cut grass as a coordinate system, the work follows the movement of each player against time, on and off the ball, as they move across the ‘field’ of play throughout the full 90 minutes, plus extra time.

The recorded information is then coded through a system of line type, weight and colour to allow the narrative of the recorded information to be represented and read graphically, producing a work simultaneously latent with an immense level of information, and one seemingly abstract in its aesthetic.

The exhibition consists of each player’s individual traces, split into playing segments, and culminates in a final piece which combines the full team, stitched from the same material as the famous red shirts worn by England in the final, and black to represent the Germans, to form a ‘match portrait.’

Hat-tip: Four Four Two.