Havana-based Los Carpinteros is the art collective of Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez. Free Basket is their recently installed project in 100 Acres, the just-opened sculpture park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, along with Bench Around the Lake by Jeppe Hein and Eden II by Tea Mäkipää.
Using the form of a basketball court and seemingly tracing the trajectories of a ball with brightly painted steel arcs, the sculpture is a kind of strange playground that doesn’t function for a game of basketball but could potentially be used for other games, or maybe for skateboarding.
This project is obviously a reference to the importance of basketball to Indiana, but could the red and blue arcs also be a nod to shifting politics in the state?
In any case, this little boy is clearly not impressed. Why can’t he just shoot some hoops? Damn artists… Boom baby!