The sheer number of painted basketball courts that we see in the last two years makes us think there may be an evolving new category of art practice somewhere between street art, land art, billboard takeovers, and municipal public art. Clearly, a coffee table book will arrive here shortly.
Today we have a new project in “Valco San Paolo” by Greg Jager. The press release describes the design challenges of creating something for a population that lives on a tract of land that is “not a real neighborhood, not a suburb, not even a victim of that phenomenon that some have called beautification.”
Nonetheless, we soldier on. The artist says the result here is “Tiber Courtyard, a hybrid intervention between art and design curated by Michele Trimarchi that investigates the theme of coexistence in the public space.” Thusly, it is appropriate for “a territory made up of contradictions, multitudes, and balances.”
And you can play basketball upon it.
Tiber Courtyard is part of Cantieri San Paolo, a project of the Municipality VIII of Rome Capital with the support of the Lazio Region and produced by the cultural association Dominio Pubblico.
always been fascinated by the idea of including vegetation in my artwork,” says
Italian painter Greg Jager. “This way the work will never be the same. Every
day you will notice differences due to the natural life cycle of the trees in
front of it”.
A mural for all seasons it is; A natural collaboration between the Roman graffuturist and the branch spread of this city tree. Usually you can see the reflections, refractions of architecture in the work of this graffiti writer turned commercial/fine artist. Here in Turin the geometry will frame the organic as the tree continues to go through its life cycle.
Through an international open call, three artists were selected: Greg Jager (ITA), Geometric Bang (ITA) and Himed & Reyben (USA / MEX). Each artist was invited to create an urban art painting and to direct a workshop in collaboration with Collegno schools and citizens of Turin.