A blue chequered court in Mexico City, a multicoloured court in Paris and a 3D-printed basketball floor all feature in our roundup of colourful basketball courts.
Ezelsplein in Aalst, Belgium, by Katrien Vanderlinden
Belgian artist Katrien Vanderlinden painted a colourful mural informed by a children’s game onto a basketball court in inner-city Aalst.
Squares, rectangles, triangles and circles, in different shapes, sizes and colours make up the court named Ezelsplein. Vanderlinden used the children’s mathematical reasoning game Logical Blocks as the basis for her geometric designs.
The unique pattern of shapes, lines and colours give players the opportunity to make up their own games on the court.
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Bank Street Park basketball court in London, by Yinka Ilori
Designer Yinka Ilori combined his distinctive geometric motifs and vibrant colours for this public basketball court in London’s Canary Wharf financial district.
The half-sized court, which is designed for three-a-side basketball, is covered in 3D-printed polypropylene tiles.
Ilori’s colourful prints also spill out onto a wall of hoarding that runs along the perimeter of the court, while a pattern of blue and orange waves laps the backboard of the court’s sole basketball hoop.
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Pigalle Duperré in Paris by Ill-Studio and Pigalle
Ill-Studio partnered with French fashion brand Pigalle to create a multicoloured basketball court nestled among a row of buildings in the ninth arrondissement of Paris.
Russian artist Kasimir Malevich’s 1930s artwork Sportsmen informed the design. The painting depicts four figures all dressed in the same bold colours found on the court.
Squares of blue, white, red and yellow ethylene propylene diene monome (EPDM) rubber – a synthetic material commonly used on floors for sports – have been added to the court.
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Kinloch Park courts in St Louis by William LaChance
Artist William LaChance painted three basketball courts in a suburb St Louis suburb with bold, block colours.
The designs are based on a series of five oil paintings, which when placed side by side form one larger image in a “tapestry of colour fields”.
White lines were painted over the top of the coloured background, which includes hues of blue, green, red, yellow, brown and grey.
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Summerfield Park court, Birmingham, by Kofi Josephs and Zuke
Basketball player Kofi Josephs and Birmingham graffiti artist Zuke have revamped a basketball court in Summerfield Park, Birmingham.
Bright yellows and blues were painted onto the court in a bid to attract locals and children to the game.
The design includes features that symbolise the city of Birmingham. For example, a crown has been painted onto the concrete which reflects The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.
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Stanton Street courts in New York City, by Kaws
Nike called on Brooklyn-based artist Kaws to illustrate these two basketball courts which are located next to each other on Manhattan’s Stanton Street in New York City.
The artist, who is known for his vibrantly coloured, cartoonish works, covered two courts in his distinctive style.
An abstract version of Elmo and Cookie Monster – characters from the popular children’s TV show Sesame Street, have been painted onto the courts with signature crossed-out eyes.
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Pigalle Duperré in Paris, France, by Ill-Studio and Pigalle
Ill-Studio and Pigalle joined forces again to revisit a basketball court they refurbished in 2015. The designers replaced the old block colours with shades of blue, pink, purple and orange.
This time, the collaborators enlisted the support of sports brand Nike, to redesign the compact and irregularly shaped site.
Backboards made from translucent pink plastic were added, while the playing area and zones are marked out in white.
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House of Mamba court in Shanghai, by Nike
Fashion brand Nike unveiled a full-sized basketball court with motion-tracking and in-built reactive LED visualisation technology in Shanghai.
Designed to provide a place for American star Kobe Bryant to teach his skills to young players in the Nike RISE initiative, the court features classic court markings alongside Nike’s RISE branding.
When the court isn’t needed for training and games purposes, the LED surface can display almost any combination of moving images, graphics and colours.
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Kintsugi Court in Los Angeles by Victor Solomon
Artist Victor Solomon has attempted to reconcile the many cracks and crevices found in this Los Angeles basketball court using the Japanese art of Kintsugi.
Gold resin lines run across the court in a vein-like manner, connecting the broken up pieces of worn grey concrete.
The artist drew on his knowledge of Kintsugi, which involves repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered precious metals, in order to highlight, rather than conceal, the breakage.
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La Doce in Mexico City, by All Arquitectura Mexico
Mexican design studio All Arquitectura created a vibrant football and basketball court for one of the most impoverished and violent areas of Mexico City.
The designer covered the surface in a stretched and slanted chequerboard pattern in two bright shades of blue.
Overall, the revamped court adds colour and atmosphere to the area, which is otherwise dominated by run-down apartment shacks and deteriorating buildings.
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