Say goodbye to the ocher color and the white lines of the traditional basketball court : in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (United States), the court is now sublimated with pop colors and geometric patterns. It is the contemporary artist Lakwena, based in London, who signed this street-art creation, invited by the creative house Justkids and the local organization OZ Art, who both created ARkanvas. For this project, world-renowned artists are invited to create artworks across the country, under the theme “Unite”.

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” said the artist who had already worked in Arkansas a few years ago to create a 360° mural.

At the heart of her piece, named “I’ll bring you flowers”, Lakwena added a tribute to the Afro-American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, originally from Arkansas : “burry me down / still I rise“.

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