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.
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.
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.
“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 “
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