It is no coincidence that Milan, a city with strong ties to basketball, has been chosen as the third stage of Foot Locker Europe’s “Raise the Game” project, which aims to support and celebrate local communities through basketball and its culture and, more specifically, through the redevelopment of neighbourhood courts.
So, after Paris and Barcelona, the time has come for the Lombard capital, which today sees the inauguration of the new basketball court in Viale Lazio 25.
When Foot Locker Europe had to select a local artist to breathe new life into the basketball court, it was no coincidence that the choice fell on Davide Barco, an artist and illustrator who has made basketball and sport in general the subject of his work.
For this project in particular, Davide Barco thought about the role that basketball plays in Milan, a city whose soul and history has always been enclosed in the centre, but which is also expanding its boundaries. The artist was lucky enough to work on one of the few courts in a fairly central area, just a few minutes from Porta Romana, and combine basketball with art, drawing inspiration from the magnificent decorations on the marble floors of the central nave of the Duomo.
“I am excited about this project. To find the inspiration I thought ‘How wonderful and crazy can it be to play basketball in the cathedral of Milan?’ The court is inspired by the white marble tiles of the cathedral’s central nave, with a touch of red and blue to recall the colours of the NBA. So we will have the cathedral of basketball in Milan, with a floor directly inspired by the history of the city” – Davide Barco
For this project, Foot Locker involved basketball players, youth teams and fans, but also the DaMove Crew association, which through basketball seeks to trigger social change and create communities united by a passion for sport.
See below the photos of the new court designed by Davide Barco and visit the project website to find out more!