Ron Haseldon, BASKETBALL: St. Mary's Hospital, 2012
Basketball is a 12m high animated LED light installation launched by charity Art Lights London together with Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The project was a collaboration between artist Ron Haseldon and 600 London primary school children who participated in a series of specially conceived artist-led drawing workshops around health and sports.
The work is a fun and lively addition to Paddington Basin and depicts a girl jumping into the air and scoring a basketball hoop. The animation effect is created by lighting each stage of movement in the sequence. The artwork formed part of the GAMES art project for the London 2012 Olympiad, designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be a part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The installation was launched with a basketball demonstration by the London Greenhouse Pioneers, a Westminster-based teen basketball club, and the lights were switched on by the first Englishman ever to have played in the NBA, former Lakers player Steve Bucknall.