The Play in the Paint Court was Designed, Developed, and Delivered by the youth of the PEAK Initiative and the surrounding Tiefenthaler Park. In 2019, Activate Co., Steve Kodis, the PEAK Initiative, Artists Working in Education, and the Friends of Tiefenthaler Park led a small group of students through a series of art workshops. Through this class, our job as guides was to take the students through a process of discovering their own artistic creativity, their own color palette, and ultimately their own mural design from which to paint on the second court.
The Play in the Paint Court expands on themes from last year’s HOME Court: “Art is at the Heart of Earth”. In one sense that’s what basketball is; athletic performance art. Art that you can participate in through sight and sound. The Play in the Paint court design showcases a student’s representation of Earth at center while building on the “Hear the Art” phrase. The remainder of the court design uses dynamic jutting lines to create visual energy and movement and subtle “M” forms, in the shooting lanes, to connect the court to “Milwaukee” and Robert Indiana’s infamous MECCA floor.