It's summer and most of us started to practice some outdoors sports. Practicing basketball in a technicolor court instead of a random blacktop is inspiring and motivational. We are not great athletes, but surely this colorful basketball court is the perfect place to start a sports career. Maybe we have a Michel Jordan in our ranks! We can imagine ourselves dribbling and doing alley-oops like NBA stars.
It’s been clear to us that the world of sports there is life beyond the big leagues and Paris just got the coolest basketball court ever. Decorated by the French fashion brand Pigalle and design agency Ill-Studio with the support of Nike used a distinctive and striking palette of pink, purple, yellow, and indigo.
Actually, this is not the first time that this basketball court was overhauled with bold patterns. Back in 2015, this field wasa lready decorated by Pigalle and Ill-Studio. Located in Paris between two old apartment buildings in the 9th arrondissement, the classic Parisian background makes the court's more dramatic and recognizable.
This field reminds us of a fluorescent 80s themed video game, with bright colored walls and mind-bending geometric designs which played with our perception. Pure psychedelics!
"Through this new court, we wish to explore the relationship between sport, art and culture and its emergence as a powerful socio-cultural indicator of a period in time," said the team.
The rubber court surface blends from blue at the ends to pink in the centre, while gradients have also been applied to the surrounding walls.
Backboards made from translucent pink plastic were added, while the playing area and zones are marked out in white.
So, if you planned to go to Paris, don’t forget to visit the spot for a basketball game or for an original Instagram update.
Photography is by Sebastien Michelini.