Trenton Hancock is a local Houston artist whose work you’ve probably seen around the city. For instance, Destination: Mound Town Dr. Seuss-like art piece in Hermann Park that features fantastic figures, whimsical creatures, strange plants, real and imagined animals, and a kaleidoscopic whirl of vibrant colors. CAMH Court in Houston, is a surreal interactive art piece where visitors can shoot, slam, and cross over on Hancock’s work.
The first-ever playable basketball court in an art museum is now open in Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum. In celebration of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum and ADIDAS Basketball have collaborated for the opening of CAMH Court.
Commissioned and designed by Trenton Hancock, CAMH Court is a one-of-a-kind exhibition in the museum’s Brown Foundation Gallery. The court features the artist’s iconic whimsical characters featured on the court’s backboard and basketball. On top of this fantastic art piece, visitors can actually hoop on the court.
“In celebration of the March–April 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Houston, CAMH COURT uniquely conforms to the signature dimensions of CAMH’s Brown Foundation Gallery through canting a regulation-size court into a parallelogram,” the museum writes on its website.
“Emerging from Hancock’s hyper-imagination, the court is an immersive and uniquely spirited environment where players might dunk from the three-point line or lose themselves in the embrace of Hancock’s striped Bringback characters, which swarm from baseline to baseline.”
CAMH Court is available to players of all ages. Additionally, the museum has a special youth court for players aged 12 and under. Players under 18 must have an accompanying parent or guardian. Players must also sign a liability form beforehand – form must be signed for parent or guardian for players under 18. First come, first served. No outside basketballs allowed.
The court is presently open to the public from now until April 27. It will remain playable until April 23.