"White racket" (2022) or "A step towards the future" is an artwork 140 x 41 x 5 cm produced using collage technique for the Estadio Fundazioa on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of its foundation. It combines objects used in tennis such as a racket, tennis balls and printed paper.
Being a tennis player myself as well as an artist my aim with this artwork is to highlight the values of effort in sport and in life encompassing both fields, that is sport and art.
have used the racket and the tennis balls practising tennis in recent years. Some of the balls bear an imprinted photo of my daughter when younger. A reward awarded in the photo section of the Estadio magazine showing my daughter with tennis balls connects her with the work of art.
My work The sculpture aims to transmit strength, spirit of sacrifice, endurance as well as perseverance. A step towards the future.
The colour white represents purity creating a sense of space, a true balance of all colours
There are 62 tennis balls, one for each year since the Estadio opened for the first time in 1960 till May 2022.
Finally would like to point out the possibility of adding an extra tennis ball of a different colour if a special occasion takes place, Thus the artwork takes on a life of its own.
Inaugurated on 29nd May 2022
Author: Pedro Maria Moraza Bastida.-Vitoria-Gasteiz. Graduate in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country.