Art Lights London: Basketball
Art Lights London - Games, Basketball, by Ron Haselden
Basketball is a 12m high animated LED light installation launched by art charity Art Lights London in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Based on a drawing by one of St Mary’s Hospital’s young paediatric patients who attends the hospital’s school, the installation is displayed on the canal-side exterior of the hospital’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother building.
The installation depicts a girl jumping into the air and scoring in a basketball hoop – the animation effect is be created by lighting each of the stages of movement in sequence as a fun and lively addition to Paddington Basin. The piece was designed as part of the GAMES art project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The project is a collaboration between artist Ron Haselden and 600 London primary school children who participated in a series of specially conceived artist-led drawing workshops around health and sports. The launch of the artwork included a basketball demonstration by the London Greenhouse Pioneers, a Westminster-based teen basketball club, and the lights were switched on by the first Englishman to have ever played in the NBA, former Lakers player Steve Bucknall.