Artist Asad Raza’s bright orange tennis court lets churchgoers play rounds beneath holy relics, at Milan’s Chiesa San Paolo Converso.
The piece, named Untitled (Plot for Dialogue), is free for the public to visit, and comes with everything you’d expect from a normal court, including racquets, nets, and even jugs of iced tea and coaches. In place of onlookers, stone statues observe games from the sidelines.
The deconsecrated Milan church was converted in 2014 by CLS architects, who repurposed the space as a studio, inserting a free-standing black iron box as an office and turning the crypt into a ‘table of ideas’.
They practice has hosted exhibitions and concerts in the building’s barrel-vaulted nave, as part of an ongoing programme inviting artists and musician to develop projects that connect with its historic and architectural features.
Asad Reza’s brightly coloured court sits beneath the church’s collection of frescoes, painted by the Campi brothers in the 16th century. The building itself is one of just three deconsecrated churches in Milan, and has formerly served as a warehouse, concert hall and auction room.
Raza’s piece is intended to explore the ways human beings use space through social practices – inspired by his own love of the sport.
‘Untitled (Plot for Dialogue)’ runs until 16 December at Piazza S Eufemia, 20122 Milan