New Art Coming To Public Basketball Courts

Jordan Weber enlisted the help of local artists and community members to create this mural in Oakridge Neighborhood.

Basketball courts around Greater Des Moines are starting to look a little more colorful, thanks to a new public art project called “SWISH,” spearheaded by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation. The organization is commissioning artists to create murals on courts in ethnically diverse and underrepresented areas.

“It is an effort to revitalize public spaces, integrating art into neighborhoods where there is often little or none,”  Jessica Rowe, the foundation’s director, said in a statement.

Most recently, renowned Des Moines-based artist Jordan Weber created murals on two basketball courts in Oakridge Neighborhood. The design depicts 14-year-old Yore Jieng, who was killed in 2016 by a stray bullet while sitting in the passenger seat of a car with his family.

You can stay up to date on the series on the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation website.

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