As part of the project, 2K Foundations partnered with Parisian artist Aurélia Durand on the concept and the design of these courts. Durand was a natural choice for the team, as she was also keen to emphasize inclusivity. Aurélia's work clearly highlights the equity between men and women, reinforcing the universal and social dimension that sport can bring to our modern societies.
“I work around the notion of diversity by staging characters with vibrant and joyful colors,” said Aurélia Durand. “What inspires me is the community, living together. It is this energy that I try to transmit through my compositions. For me, the group allows everyone to find their place and to achieve accomplishments themselves. It was obvious for me to participate in the 2K Foundations project in Paris, which is very committed and optimistic for the new generations. The fact that I am making these works is a concrete expression of a common conviction: we all have a role to play in society.”
" The TEP Chaumont, which already has a very long history behind it, is reborn today with these beautiful colors that resemble all the colors of our district and our city," said François Dagnaud, Mayor of the 19th borough of Paris. “This place is embarking in a very symbolic and official way on a new phase full of color, hope and values. It carries all the values of equality, fraternity, and solidarity that we are committed to bringing to life".
“The Porte Chaumont Sports Center thus renovated with the creations of the artist Aurélia Durand, carries many symbols in a district where it makes even more sense than elsewhere''. said Pierre Rabadan, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Sport, the Olympic & Paralympic Games and the Seine. "With its two unique courts that only exist here, it brings culture and sport closer together."
The new courts are available for the local community to use. As part of the celebration, local children from the basketball section of the Georges Rouault College were invited to participate in basketball games and skills challenges.