Street Artist Uses Basketball Court as His Canvas to Celebrate Reopening of a Community

Fabio Petani Basketball Court Art

Italian street artist Fabio Petani recently used his skills to transform a basketball court into a work of art. Working together with the StreetArtBall Project, Petani painted a basketball court in northern Italy as a way to return a piece of social activity to a community that has been locked inside during the pandemic. Petani also took advantage of the opportunity to send an important message about the environment.

Carbon Dioxide & Calathea Makoyana is a meditation on the rebirth of a nation after more than a year of staying indoors. Calathea makoyana, also known as a Peacock plant, is a well-known houseplant that purifies air by absorbing carbon dioxide. Petani purposefully chose this plant as a way for its transformative properties to symbolize “the end of a negative moment and, at the same time a stimulus, to start again in small steps to breathe again.”

The project calls for artists to paint basketball courts in five communities near Bergamo, which was hit particularly hard by the first wave of COVID-19. The organizers noted that sports are a uniting force that brings together people of all ages and is an important moment for socialization. In particular, streetball allows community members from all walks of life to come together in their shared love for the sport. By using outdoor basketball courts as a canvas, the project is welcoming the community back as life slowly beings to return to normal.

For his part, Petani hopes that his work will bring serenity to the players and spectators. In pulling together his composition, the Italian street artist used the lines of the court to help guide his work. By focusing on the harmony of lines, shapes, and volumes, Petani has created a functional and aesthetically pleasing piece of art and is a celebration of streetball. The colors of the plant's leaves shift hues in different areas of the court, which draws the eyes across the dynamic composition.

As the world begins to open its doors, and communities again begin to congregate, Petani's work is a reminder to appreciate the air we breathe.

Italian street artist Fabio Petani used his artistry to transform a basketball court into a work of art.

Artistic Basketball Court in Italy

The piece is a celebration of life as Italy begins reopening its doors after the global pandemic.

Fabio Petani Basketball Court Art

Petani selected the Calathea makoyana plant, which absorbs carbon dioxide, as the star of the composition.

Art Based on Environmental Message by Fabio Petani

The result is an eye-catching court that will bring joy to streetball players as they return to the sport they love.

Painted Basketball Court in Italy by Fabio Petani

Fabio Petani: Website | Facebook | Instagram 

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Fabio Petani.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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