Artistic Basketball Court Murals Livening Up North America’s Communities

What originally started as an initiative to help clean up run-down basketball courts in his hometown of Memphis Tennessee, former college basketball player and Project Backboard co-founder Daniel Peterson set out with a simple plan: fix up the courts so people could play a good ball game.



Fixing paint lines and filling in cracks quickly blossomed into large-scale works of art, in the hopes that communities would be excited and intrigued and get others in the neighbourhood talking about it. Another local artist, Anthony Lee, was already putting together designs to spruce up another court and was asked by Daniel to collaborate with him on future court projects. This is officially how Project Backboard came to be.



While Project Backboard has expanded beyond its Memphis origin to places like Venice Beach and other areas, there are others following in its footprints. Vancouver muralist Scott Sueme has also developed his own rendition of basketball court love and painted a court earlier this year for the Vancouver Mural Fest. Vancouver’s art scene is growing rapidly and, like Project Backboard, the need to spread beauty to all corners of the city is something we can all relate to.


Slam dunk gentlemen.



Artist: Nick Dahlen

Artist: Nina Chanel Abney

Artist: Nina Chanel Abney

Artist: Anthony Lee

Artist: Venice Basketball League

Artist & Photo: Scott Sueme



All other photos: Project Backboard


Featured image: William LaChance


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Rose Huet
Rose Huet

Rose Huet has always had a keen interest in all things worldly. Described as a curator of experiences, she has an insatiable thirst for adventure and cultural immersion. After moving back home from her six-month stay in England, she decided to enrol at the Visual College of Art and Design in Vancouver, studying fashion and travel journalism.

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