Recycled Guerilla Art in the Form of a Tennis Ball Tree

Dutch designer Richard Sluijs from RichLab in The Hague noticed a lot of used tennis balls ended up in the garbage at the tennis club where he played his games. In the time leading up to the Eightieth anniversary of the club he got the idea to breathe a second life into the discarded tennis balls. For an entire year he collected the used tennis balls and constructed large-scale grape bunches, consisting of 23 tennis balls each.

The early morning before the festivities began, Slujis and some friends secretly decorated the most noticeable tree on the tennis park with a large number of tennis ball grape bunches. The result was a free piece of recylced guerilla art, made possible by contributions of his fellow club members without anyone knowing about it. The tennis ball tree can still be seen today, amidst statues of the art gallery, which is also located on the tennis grounds.

Jubilee tennis ball tree

Tennis Ball Tree 1
Richard Sluijs

Tennis balls rescued from the garbage, transformed in grape-like bunches

Tennis Ball Tree 2
Richard Sluijs


Tennis Ball Tree 3
Richard Sluijs

Hanging the tree

Tennis Ball Tree 4
Richard Sluijs


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