Free Basket

Los Carpinteros, Cuban, founded 1991, Free Basket, 2010, concrete, steel, paint, plastic. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Griffith Foundation Gift, in memory of Melvin Simon.

Containing soaring blue and red steel arcs, this sculpture makes the apparent the trajectory of a bouncing ball. Free Basket juxtaposes the practical and the imaginary, drawing on the form of an international basketball court, and turning it into an aesthetically surprising sculpture that offers the community a place to play. In developing their project, Los Carpinteros focused on the prominence of basketball in Indiana, bringing together art, culture and sports, and developing an iconic project for the city of Indianapolis.

About the Artists

Formed in 1991, Los Carpinteros is a Havana, Cuba-based art collective comprised of Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés (b. 1971) and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez (b. 1969). Los Carpinteros’s work combines meticulous craftsmanship with shrewd political and social commentary. Recent projects have repurposed objects with violent connotations for use in daily life, such as Panera (Bread Box) (2004), a replica of a missile with side compartments for storing loaves of bread. Their 2000-2001 work Transportable City evokes Cuba’s crumbling infrastructure through abstract portrayals of Havana’s iconic buildings and installations of portable tents. The collective’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 9th Havana Biennial, and in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.