A blue checkered court in Mexico City, a multi-colored court in Paris, and a 3D printed basketball floor are all part of our selection of colorful basketball courts.
Ezelsplein in Aalst, Belgium, by Katrien Vanderlinden
Belgian artist Katrien Vanderlinden painted a colorful mural inspired by children’s play on a basketball court in downtown Aalst.
Squares, rectangles, triangles and circles, of different shapes, sizes and colors make up the court named Ezelsplein. Vanderlinden used the children’s mathematical reasoning game Logical Blocks as the basis for his geometric designs.
The unique pattern of shapes, lines and colors gives players the flexibility to create their own games on the pitch.
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Bank Street Park basketball court in London, by Yinka Ilori
Designer Yinka Ilori combined his distinctive geometric patterns and vibrant colors for this public basketball court in London’s Canary Wharf financial district.
The half court, designed for three-way basketball, is covered with 3D printed polypropylene tiles.
Ilori’s colorful prints also spread across a palisade wall that runs along the perimeter of the court, while a blue and orange wave pattern covers the back panel of the court’s only basketball hoop.
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Pigalle Duperré in Paris by Ill-Studio and Pigalle
Ill-Studio has teamed up with French fashion brand Pigalle to create a multi-colored basketball court nestled in the middle of a row of buildings in Paris’ ninth arrondissement.
1930s Russian artist Kasimir Malevich’s artwork Sportsmen inspired the design. The painting depicts four figures all dressed in the same bright colors found on the courtyard.
Squares of blue, white, red and yellow ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber – a synthetic material commonly used on floors for sports – have been added to the court.
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The Courts of Kinloch Park in St Louis by William LaChance
Artist William LaChance painted three basketball courts in a suburb of St. Louis in bright, blocky colors.
The drawings are based on a series of five oil paintings which, when placed side by side, form a larger image in a “tapestry of fields of color”.
White lines have been painted on top of the colored background, which includes hues of blue, green, red, yellow, brown and gray.
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Summerfield Park Court, Birmingham, by Kofi Josephs and Zuke
Basketball player Kofi Josephs and Birmingham graffiti artist Zuke have redesigned a basketball court in Summerfield Park, Birmingham.
Bright yellows and blues were painted on the grounds in an effort to attract locals and children to the game.
The design includes elements that symbolize the city of Birmingham. For example, a wreath has been painted on concrete that reflects the Jewelery Quarter in Birmingham.
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The Courts of Stanton Street in New York, by Kaws
Nike called on Brooklyn artist Kaws to illustrate these two basketball courts located next to each other on Stanton Street in Manhattan, New York.
The artist, who is known for his brightly colored cartoonish works, has covered two shorts in his distinctive style.
An abstract version of Elmo and Cookie Monster, characters from the popular children’s TV show Sesame Street, was painted on the courts with barred eyes.
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Pigalle Duperré in Paris, France, by Ill-Studio and Pigalle
Ill-Studio and Pigalle have teamed up again to revisit a basketball court they redesigned in 2015. The designers replaced the old colors of the blocks with shades of blue, pink, purple and orange.
This time, employees called on the support of sports brand Nike to redesign the compact and irregularly shaped site.
Translucent pink plastic panels have been added, while the play area and areas are outlined in white.
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Mamba court house in Shanghai, by Nike
Fashion brand Nike unveiled a full-size basketball court in Shanghai with motion tracking and integrated responsive LED visualization technology.
Designed to allow American star Kobe Bryant to teach his skills to young players as part of the Nike RISE initiative, the pitch features classic pitch markings alongside the Nike RISE brand.
When the field is not needed for training and playing purposes, the LED surface can display almost any combination of moving images, graphics and colors.
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Kintsugi Court in Los Angeles by Victor Solomon
Artist Victor Solomon attempted to reconcile the many cracks and crevices found in this Los Angeles basketball court using the Japanese art of Kintsugi.
Lines of golden resin cross the ground like a vein, connecting the pieces of worn gray concrete.
The artist drew on his knowledge of Kintsugi, which consists of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with precious metal powders, in order to highlight, rather than hide, the breakage.
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La Doce in Mexico City, by All Arquitectura Mexico
Mexican design studio All Arquitectura has created a vibrant football and basketball court for one of Mexico City’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods.
The designer covered the surface with a stretched and slanted checkerboard pattern in two shades of bright blue.
Overall, the revamped courtyard adds color and atmosphere to the area, which is otherwise dominated by ramshackle apartment huts and deteriorating buildings.
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