In photos: intervened basketball courts that are transformed into works of art

Street performers and local communities are transforming basketball courts around the world and creating an eye-catching legacy that brings vibrant color to neighborhoods.

People like the renowned Italian artist PISKV and the talented Nigerian graffiti artist Osa ‘Seven’ Okunpolor have helped transform the half courts of the 3×3 variant of basketball globally, exploring the intersection between basketball and art.

A design seen from the air, in Istanbul, TurkeyNuri Yilmazer – Red Bull Content Pool

In Nigeria, Osa ‘Seven’ Okunpolor, one of Africa’s most talented and sought-after graffiti artists, helped renovate Ndubisi Kanu Park Court in Ikeja, Lagos state. He believes that basketball is an art, the art of bouncing, shooting, dribbling, and the courts should reflect that.

Ndubuisi Kanu Court, venue of the Red Bull Half Court final, in Lagos, NigeriaChukwudi Chinakwe – Red Bull Content Pool

The project, which was carried out in partnership with the Lagos Parks Authority, invited artists from the local community, who incorporated their own designs into the overall artwork to promote unity and create a lasting legacy in the park.

PISKV (real name Francesco Persichella) designed a new work of art that has breathed new life into Rome’s Scalo San Lorenzo neighborhood for the 2021 edition of Red Bull Half Court in the capital of Italy. The artist, born in Puglia but Roman by adoption, worked with volunteers from the local community to create his masterpiece that shows a player immersing himself on the grounds of the famous Colosseum.

The finished painted court is one of the largest in Europe at around 800 square meters.

Francesco "PISKV" Persichella designs the basketball court in Rome, Italy
Francesco “PISKV” Persichella designs the basketball court in Rome, ItalyGabriele Seghizzi – Red Bull Content Pool
PISKV poses for a portrait on the Red Bull Half Court basketball court in Rome, Italy
PISKV poses for a portrait on the Red Bull Half Court basketball court in Rome, ItalyMauro Puccini – Red Bull Content Pool

“The lines and the vividness of the colors give strength to the design, and really crush the gray reality that used to distinguish this field” Matteo Baruzzo, a member of the basketball community in the area said: “This playground has always been a landmark from the city. They also come here to play from all the other neighborhoods and the community has always been very active. Some of the young people, who come from disadvantaged situations, found new energy, and contributed together with PISKV to make this installation a reality “

Venue for the Red Bull Half Court National Final in Izmir, Turkey
Venue for the Red Bull Half Court National Final in Izmir, TurkeyMahmut Cinci – Red Bull Content Pool
Serge and valerie LOWRIDER at their artwork in Lausanne, Switzerland on August 8, 2021
Serge and valerie LOWRIDER at their artwork in Lausanne, Switzerland on August 8, 2021Dom Daher – Red Bull Content Pool
The court at Ming Tak, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
The court at Ming Tak, Tseung Kwan O, Hong KongBrian Ching See Wing – Red Bull Content Pool
Africa's Most Talented Graffiti Artist Osa ?? Seven ?? Okunpolor paints the venue for the 2021 Red Bull Half Court Finals at Ndubisi Kanu Park Court in Lagos State, Nigeria
Africa’s Most Talented Graffiti Artist Osa ?? Seven ?? Okunpolor paints the venue for the 2021 Red Bull Half Court Finals at Ndubisi Kanu Park Court in Lagos State, NigeriaDMA – Red Bull Content Pool
Participants compete in the 2021 Red Bull Half Court Finals at Ndubisi Kanu Park in Lagos State, Nigeria
Participants compete in the 2021 Red Bull Half Court Finals at Ndubisi Kanu Park in Lagos State, NigeriaDMA – Red Bull Content Pool
Ndubuisi Kanu Court, venue of the Red Bull Half Court final, in Lagos, Nigeria
Ndubuisi Kanu Court, venue of the Red Bull Half Court final, in Lagos, NigeriaChukwudi Chinakwe – Red Bull Content Pool
Renovation of the field of Ndubisi Kanu Park, in Nigeria
Renovation of the field of Ndubisi Kanu Park, in NigeriaRed Bull Content Pool
Players fight for the ball on the HANDS rooftop basketball court in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Players fight for the ball on the HANDS rooftop basketball court in Tuen Mun, Hong KongBrian Ching See Wing – Red Bull Content Pool

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Photo Editing: Enrique Villegas