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If you view Free Basket from busy 38th Street in Indianapolis, your first impression will most likely be a jumble of red and blue arcs.  If you drive down and park for a closer look, you'll see that those arcs are the imagined trajectories of a ball in play on a basketball court.  Indiana's legendary passion for the game inspired the artists' choice of basketball court imagery.  The sculpture was designed to appear as real as possible in size and detail, inviting visitors to move through and under the steel trajectories, with or without a basketball.  The artists love the location, which allows the piece to be viewed from almost any angle.  Silver Creek Engineering provided structural design services for the project, including the components below:

Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sánchez formed Los Carpinteros in Havana, Cuba in 1991.  Their work "combines meticulous craftsmanship with shrewd political and social commentary" and has been featured in New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and at the 9th Havana Biennial.  (Photo courtesy of The IMA)

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We designed the 50 ft. x 94 ft. concrete slab for anticipated loads and conditions. 

We designed the  tube arcs and connections for the loads we developed.

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We designed the foundations for support of the arcs.

We designed the base connection of the tubes to the foundation.

The completed sculpture on location at the IMA's 100 Acres.