Art Omi unveils the newest commissioned work for its Sculpture & Architecture Park, a 120-acre space in Columbia County, NY, entirely dedicated to contemporary art. "Orange Functional", by Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea known for his practice based on the exame of the politics of public gathering spaces, is the resulto of more than tweenty years of artistic research on the symbol of the basketball court. The structure of the work resembles that of a tree from which orange branches blossom into basketball hoops. As viewers throw basketballs, they fall from hoop to grass, evoking orange fruit falling from a tree.
By changing the design of a standard basketball hoop, Arrechea challenges the traditional rules of the game, inviting viewers to replace rules they know with new modes of play. The first functional basketball hoop produced by the artist, Arrechea invites visitors to bring their own basketballs and throw some hoops in the work.
Learn more about the work here.