On a trip through Europe, even the continent’s most beautiful churches can begin to look the same after a while. But one 16th century church in Milan has been given a unique makeover in the form of a bright orange tennis court.
Created by New York artist Asad Raza, Untitled (plot for dialogue) is all about space, merging social human activities with distinctive environments. While the tennis court – along with other objects like an iced tea station – are supposed to look out-of-place, somehow, it all just… works.
If you can overcome the fear of a rogue volley smashing a centuries-old stained-glass window, visitors to the installation are welcome to take part in a friendly rally or work on their serve with one of the on-site coaches, who are all local tennis players. Or, leave a message in the book positioned on the church’s altar.
The former Church of San Paolo hasn’t operated as such since 1808, when it was deconsecrated by Napoleon. It was used for storage in the century or so that followed, before being transformed into a concert hall in 1932 and then a recording studio in the 1960s.[related_articles]48590[/related_articles]
Untitled (plot for dialogue) runs until December 16 at Converso, an exhibition space at the church. It’s open Thursday to Saturday and entry is free.
How To Get There
- Fly into Malpensa Airport
- Take the XP1 service to Milano Cadorna
- At Cadorna M1 m2, take the 94 service towards Bastioni Di P.ta Volta
- Walk 210m (about 3 minutes)
- Chiesa di San Paolo Converso, Piazza S. Eufemia, 20122 Milan
Lead image: Converso / Facebook
H/T: Lonely Planet
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.