Monocle magazine’s short film series features a variety of topics, including ‘Why Greeks Live Longer’, ‘Inside the Airship Industry’ and one that caught our eye recently, ‘Yinka Ilori’s 3D-printed Basketball Court’.

In under three minutes, you’ll fall in love with London-based artist and designer Yinka Illori. His heartfelt passion for the city and its people, culture and communities, generates an effervescent energy that radiates through the screen. Film-makers Megan Revell and Duncan Yeldham capture the essence of Illori’s creation, a 3D-printed basketball court in London’s Canary Wharf, by filming players in various scenes on the court, overhead shots of the locale and close-ups of Ilori’s punchy design.

Illori is serious about his belief in the importance of play: “play is such a huge part of my life, everyone’s life, and that is how we make memories,” and this is the essence of his inspiration for the court. After two years apart, he’s intent on buying back the time we lost during COVID, and this court is a place to foster a new community and an art piece that everyone can engage with.

Watch the full video of Yinka Ilori’s 3D-printed basketball court below.