Brightly designed tennis courts in South East London.

Street art duo transform Bostall Gardens tennis courts with unique design

Low Bros are the street art duo behind the Bostall Gardens tennis courts design, unveiled last month in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The Berlin-based brothers, Christoph and Florin Schmidt wanted the design of the courts to reflect the community and help make the sport more accessible.

The Bostall Gardens refurbishment is part of the Park Tennis Project, a nationwide investment by the UK Government and the LTA that is hoping to open the sport up to more people around the country.

Florin Schmidt of Low Bros said: “We were blown away by this huge excitement for this sport in the community.”

As part of the Neon Legacy initiative with Mercedes, the brothers decided to create something that not only represented their art but would help create an identity and be something the community was proud of.

Crowds gather in sportswear and tennis rackets for a tennis lesson.
Lessons in full swing: Children gather on the newly refurbished courts. Image credit: Mercedes Benz.

Schmidt added: “As the courts are based in Bostall Gardens, a park with its own community garden, we thought of putting a flower in the centre, that looks like an explosion and has a certain sporty dynamic and energy.”

Growing up, Low Bros saw tennis as an exclusive sport, and something that required club membership to be able to play.

The brothers began to incorporate themes of basketball into their work, as a symbol of street culture and felt tennis was a good counter to this with a tennis ball becoming a symbol of privilege for them.

Being involved in the refurbishment has helped Low Bros contribute to making tennis a sport more accessible to people.

Roger Federer, was asked to unveil the two refurbished tennis courts back on the 15 June.

At the time Federer said: “This court is one of the most beautiful in the world and I’m so happy to give it back to the community.

“Tennis is such a great sport for everybody getting together and seeing each other and just hanging out as well at the court.

“I really hope this place is going to be a place where people love to come, the community, the neighbours, and just have the best times and create memories for a lifetime.”

Tom Gibbins, LTA Tennis Foundation lead said: “The Parks Tennis Project is a game-changing investment that has already seen hundreds of unplayable or poor quality courts across Britain refurbished for the benefit of local communities.

“We want to inspire as many people as possible to pick up a racket and play on their local courts and are delighted to have such an inspirational figure as Roger Federer supporting that mission.”

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