Sport – Muralist Katrien Vanderlinden designed and painted a basket court in the city of Aalst in Belgium using around 137 litres of vibrant water colours to trigger social engagement through creative regeneration.
The designer started from the squares, rectangles, circles and triangles of a basket field and designed a colorful pattern which “pays homage to the Memphis style, back in the 80s, when basketball and hip hop was booming” says Vanderlinden to Archipanic.
Aalst council picked a court in a less wealthy high-immigration neighborhood – there’s also a home for refugee children next to the court. The vibrant make over aims to spark social interaction.
“Street art has already proven to be capable to revive whole city districts or quarters with minimal interventions like murals or stencil prints.” Explains Katrien Vanderlinden to Archipanic. “This creative regeneration has now found its way to sport courts and playing fields.”
An old box of toy bricks was the catalyst too which Katrien added a touch of the Memphis art style. Hence she created inspiring new playfields in the existing basket court.
The Youth Department of the Council of Aalst, the initiator of the project, hopes that this colourful facelift will blow new life in the neighbourhood and believes that the square now, more than ever, will form a meeting place for both kids and youngsters.
All Photos: courtesy of Katrien Vanderlinden.