A Basketball court becomes an art piece

Funded on Spacehive 24 April 2019 Delivered 21 July 2019

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

A Basketball court becomes an art piece

Gareth Roberts By Gareth Roberts

Painting an unloved Essex basketball court to transform it into a colourful, engaging work of art; promoting basketball, creating an inspiring space for people to connect, play and learn new skills

Chelmsford Delivery stage

54
backers
£2,025
raised
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This project was funded on 24 Apr 2019!

A Community Art meets Sport Project helping to promote the need for greater investment and engagement in grass roots basketball in the UK and specifically in the Essex region. My aim is to re-imagine an unloved, under-used and poorly maintained outdoor public basketball court in Viaduct Road Park in Chelmsford, Essex by renovating it and installing an exciting and vibrant large-scale work of art on the court and hoop surfaces, in order to reengage the community, promote the sport of basketball whilst inspiring play, health and well-being and strengthen connections through the proven benefits of exercise and engagement with the arts, culture and creativity in a public space.

What we'll deliver:

  • Repair and Rejuvenate the basketball court surface
  • Repair and Rejuvenate the basketball hoop and backboard and add official court lines
  • Turn the court and hoop into an engaging and exciting piece of art

Why it's a great idea:

Basketball is the second most popular team sport (after football) in the UK for 11-15 year olds, with 32% of children participating. 336,000 people aged 14-25 or above play basketball in the UK at least once a month - AS MANY as play cricket and golf combined. However it receives nowhere near the same funding. Basketball is extraordinarily good at engaging underprivileged communities: 18% of basketball clubs are located in the most deprived areas of the UK, DOUBLE the figure for cricket, rugby, netball or hockey clubs. Over HALF of adult participants are from ethnic minorities (BEM), more than any other major sport in The UK.Between 11-15, 40% per cent of basketball players are female, almost DOUBLE the number for football. Pound for pound, perhaps no sport does more social good in Britain. Public Art is perfect and affects communities positively, it reaches people when they’re not expecting it. By transforming public basketball courts into bold, beautiful and unique works of art.

Steps to get it done:

  • Buying the paints and equipment I need
  • Commissioning The Line Marking Company

Each year an estimated 80 million of the 414 million litres of paint sold in the UK (retail and trade) goes to waste [enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools]. This paint is thrown into landfill or just stored, despite over 50% of it still being usable. That bothers me! My aim whilst putting the paint to good use for our project is to waste as little of it as possible, minimising the amount of paint entering the waste stream, through careful product use and specification To use water-based paints when possible which are as effective as regular paint but contain no toxic substances. Also, it would be beneficial for the local basketball community to participate and help in painting the court art too.

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Location Chelmsford

About the space

Viaduct Hoop Nr. Viaduct Road, Chelmsford, Essex

Council

Chelmsford City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £1,507

Playground Markings (£375 + VAT £75.00) - £450 (30%)
5L Tennis Court Paint - Mixed Colours (x 7 @ £25) - £175 (12%)
Tennis Court Surface Primer, Binder APG149 20L (X2 @ £52.80 Inc. VAT) - £106 (7%)
4-Section Aluminium Alloy Folding Ladder 3.17m - £75 (5%)
RAL Custom Filled Aerosol 400ml (x6) - £64 (4%)
Harris Trade Extension Pole Medium 1400-2400mm (x 3 @ 16.99) - £51 (3%)
Petrol Cold Pressure Washer (24 hr Hire) - £49 (3%)
Vinyl Backboard Sticker - £40 (3%)
Dickies WD650 Painters Bib & Brace White Medium 37" W L ( x 2 @ 19.99) - £40 (3%)
SIMONIZ ETCH PRIMER ACRYLIC SPRAY PAINT 500ML (x 6 ) - £36 (2%)
Other - £422 (28%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

30%
Playground Markings (£375 + VAT £75.00)
£450
12%
5L Tennis Court Paint - Mixed Colours (x 7 @ £25)
£175
7%
Tennis Court Surface Primer, Binder APG149 20L (X2 @ £52.80 Inc. VAT)
£106
5%
4-Section Aluminium Alloy Folding Ladder 3.17m
£75
4%
RAL Custom Filled Aerosol 400ml (x6)
£64
3%
Harris Trade Extension Pole Medium 1400-2400mm (x 3 @ 16.99)
£51
3%
Petrol Cold Pressure Washer (24 hr Hire)
£49
3%
Vinyl Backboard Sticker
£40
3%
Dickies WD650 Painters Bib & Brace White Medium 37" W L ( x 2 @ 19.99)
£40
2%
SIMONIZ ETCH PRIMER ACRYLIC SPRAY PAINT 500ML (x 6 )
£36
28%
Other
£422
  • Spacehive fees
    £71
  • ROUGHNECK FENCING PINS 1.2M BLACK 10 PACK
    £35
  • STANDARD DUTY PLATFORM TRUCK
    £35
  • Eurocel Masking Tape 38mm x 50m (x 10 @ £2.49 each)
    £25
  • Standard Hi Vis Vest (x 4 @ 3.20 + Delivery @ 5.95 & VAT @ £3.75 )
    £23
  • Harris Trade Paint Scuttle 15Ltr (x 3 @ 6.49)
    £19
  • Wet & Forget 2L mould, Algae, Lichen and Moss Killer
    £19
  • Harris Trade Flat Masonry Brush 4" (x3 @ 5.99 each)
    £18
  • U- Can Pothole & drive repair
    £15
  • Harris Trade Roller Frame 9" (x3 @ 4.99)
    £15
  • VAT
    £14
  • No Nonsense Barrier Tape Red / White 75mm x 500m
    £13
  • Winomo Basketball Net, Steel Chain
    £13
  • Hamilton Perfection Roller Sleeve Medium Pile 9" x 1¾" (x3 @ 4.19)
    £13
  • Transaction Fees
    £10
  • Wallace Cameron Piccolo General Purpose First Aid Kit
    £10
  • Broom Handles 1200mm (47") 5 Pack
    £9
  • CAUTION WORK IN PROGRESS A-FRAME SAFETY SIGN 680 X 300MM
    £9
  • No Nonsense BRISTLE PAINTBRUSH 3" (x 3 @ £2.89)
    £9
  • Harris Trade Short-Handled Cutting-In Paintbrush 2" (x3 @ £2.49 each)
    £7
  • Cleangrip Latex Powdered Powdered Disposable Gloves Blue Large 100 Pack
    £7
  • Stiff Broom Head & Bracket 24"
    £7
  • JSP Flexinet Valved Mask P2 (x2 @ 3.49)
    £7
  • Bentley Bulldozer Heavy Duty Dustpan & Brush Black / Yellow
    £6
  • Harris Trade PAINT & PASTE STIRRER 320MM (x 5 @ £0.99)
    £5
  • OAKEY ASSORTED SANDPAPER UNPUNCHED 230 X 280MM ASSORTED GRIT 10 PACK
    £4
  • DeWalt Protector Smoke Lens Safety Specs (x2 @ 1.99)
    £4

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We'll use any extra funds to: 1) Install 10ft Weldmesh fencing behind the hoop to prevent the loss of errant balls and project the public from them. [Using a local contractor.] 2) Hire a local drone service to capture arial video footage and photography of the renovated site for all backers to see the full extent of the renovation. 3) Add Benches and/or Ball Holders. 4) Hire a Stencil spray service or apply an etched plaque to the stanchion to add a 'sponsor' or biggest backer logo/name to the court.

Total £1,507

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • I'd really like help with photography to document the painting process. if anyone is a keen photographer, hobbyist, student of photography or professional and would be interested donating their time in capturing this exciting project as it happens
  • I'd really like help with documenting the painting process. if anyone is a keen videographer, hobbyist, student of film or professional and would be interested donating their time in capturing this exciting project as it happens.
  • I'd like to widely publicize the completed project. If anyone is a journalist or editor of a newspaper or magazine, Ideally an art & design, sports or local Essex publication. I'd be really interested in sharing the story with you.
  • I'd like to run a launch event for the opening of the court. if you have basketball connections who would like to run an event I'd be keen to talk to you.

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