Client: Milwaukee Bucks
Location: Milwaukee, WI, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $38,000
Sports & the Artists
Brandon Minga sculptural low relief wall mounted assemblage and collage. These are the works commissioned for the Milwaukee Bucks Art Collection for the new Fiserv Forum, Bucks arena curated by Sports And The Arts. Essentially that concept is what inspired my work for the Milwaukee Buck’s collection. I wanted to celebrate the rich industrious history in this city that made way for such things as this arena.
The focus of the Milwaukee Arts Collections was to showcase local artists creating a body of work that both recognized the sport and Milwaukee. As one of 32 artists chosen to be a part of this collection much of my work already incorporates Milwaukee brands, city and landscape, and architecture from vintage to modern day. The main goal for me was to stay true to my style and create an abstract piece that captured the essence of Milwaukee with a basketball spin.
I’ve recently been working on “Lighter Than MKE,” a series of lighter-than-air concepts featuring bits and pieces of Milwaukee brands, city and landscape, and architecture from vintage to modern day. I deconstruct these elements as well as machines and engines and reconstruct them into new yet familiar structures that appear as if they are floating or could function. Typically floating over maps or cityscapes of Milwaukee new and old allowing these pieces to transcend time and space.
Essentially that concept is what inspired my work for the Milwaukee Buck’s collection. I wanted to celebrate the rich industrious history in this city that made way for such things as this arena. I took the same deconstructed approach and applied it to the basketball court design. With a love for basketball myself, I’ve spent many hours on the basketball court, the majority of which are in the paint so it seemed an obvious choice to use that area of the court. With different physical layers that hint at the history under the court and gears and chains and mechanisms, frozen, as if these pieces are a snapshot of the court coming together.