Art I’ll bring you flowers, the basketball courts murals by Lakwena
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I’ll bring you flowers, the basketball courts murals by Lakwena

Federica Cimorelli

The new multicolored project by the London-based artist and muralist Lakwena has been on display in Pine Bluss’ Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Arkansas for a few days now.
Commissioned by the arts and culture centers Justkids and OZ Art and in collaboration with The Unexpected, Lakwena has created her second work in the country and, after three years, two new basketball courts.

In 2017, Lakwena had curated a similar project for the Sebastian Juvenile Detention Centre in Fort Smith, Arkansas. On that occasion, she had paid tribute to a local poet, Maya Angelou and had drawn inspiration from her poem ‘Still I Rise‘.

Now, after three years, Lakwena is back in the country, creating a new set of basketball courts and continuing her tribute to Maya. “I’ll bring you flowers“, her colorful new urban regeneration work, sends a message of hope and pride, pushing everyone, despite adversity, towards growth and gratitude.

The murals by Lakwena are two large, bright, multi-colored, complementary basketball courts that play with different geometric elements and liven up the immense greenery of Pine Bluss Park. The artist was helped to create them by a team of Arkansas citizens and volunteers.

I was really excited to work in a place with a largely Black demographic. It was nice to make an artwork for people that I have a connection to in that respect, especially at what feels like a very significant time for the Black community. The piece is called “I’ll bring you flowers”. Flowers are often used as a way of greeting, paying respect and honor people and I wanted to honor the community in Pine Bluff.”

Check out the photos of the work in progress here!

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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Written by Federica Cimorelli
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