Pink Lady Apples - Basketball Court, Islington, London
I was commissioned to transform a public basketball court in Islington, London. The new court, in Joseph Grimaldi Park, is free and available for the public to use. The restoration of the court was funded by Pink Lady® apples, the UK’s leading apple brand, as part of its ‘Feel the Wow’ campaign - an ongoing commitment to create feel-good moments. The project was in collaboration with Project in the Paint, a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the refurbishment and painting of basketball courts across the UK.
My design was inspired by apples and movement. I started my research by investigating microscopic views of apples - from an apple leaf, to dried-out apple pollen. I discovered that the most beautiful shapes and patterns were revealed, which I then used as inspiration for the design. I also wanted to echo the movement and shifts of energy that basketball players have mid-flow during a game.
When we’re children, our world is full of colour, but sadly as we get older, we often lose this playful and colourful side to life. Colour has the power to affect our mind, body and happiness and can trigger different moods and emotions. I hope the court will bring joy to people of all ages in the community.