Cj Hendry, renowned contemporary artist, unveils HOOPS Tree. Overall, this art installation is a stunning basketball tree and a perfect fit for the Magic city and its love of basketball. Working with the city of Miami, HOOPS Tree has been in the works for the past year. Also, stands at a towering 20 ft with 34 hoops reminiscent of chandeliers hanging from the sky.
Cj Hendry Installation Comes With a Prize
Located in the Wynwood art district, HOOPS Tree is a rich deep blue popping out from the oceanic landscape. Since the installation opened on December 6th, anyone who successfully sunk sinks 34 baskets in a row in each hoop on video from the opening
until December 9th had a chance to win a prize of 1 million dollars!
“It’s been a focus to try my hand at public art. I enjoy the intimacy of my drawing practice but there is a part of me which gets frustrated because I want to make larger works. I have been building multi-faceted large scale exhibitions for quite some time but the downside to building a temporary exhibition is that it’s only temporary. This HOOPS concept is my first foray into a permanent public concept”, the artist expained.
She also added designing HOOPS Tree was interesting because its scale is enormous
and it’s so much heavier than she anticipated. The engineering team helped with the specs to make it safe and sturdy. All these components make for a fascinating combination of practicality and creativity. “Having an artwork that will live on in a public space indefinitely is a real honor and I am so excited to see it come to life”, says Cj.
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From Miami to Melbourne
To celebrate the launch of HOOPS Tree, there were some exclusive gifts. For example, there was a limited series of six exclusive drawings with 600 editions each, only available to previous clients, in six different shades of blue. Also, there was one giant drawing
amongst the entire collection. Additionally, one of the editions had a linked golden ticket to claim the prize to win the giant drawing.
Cj Hendry (b. 1988) is a New York-based artist originally from Brisbane, Australia. Hendry transforms her fascination with contemporary material culture into large-scale, hyper-photorealistic drawings. Cj Hendry’s exhibits aren’t intended to be passively observed but, rather, actively experienced through engaging, fun, and thought-provoking exhibits.
For her exhibit Monochrome, Hendry and her team built an entire multi-room “home” inside a warehouse with each room entirely monochrome-colored from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Each Cj Hendry exhibit, from Miami to Melbourne, draws massive crowds with attendees waiting in line for several hours – and, in the end, everyone leaves more enriched than when they arrived.