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30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Mecca: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous’

Our latest film, from director Chris James Thompson, tells the story of how a pop art genius turned an NBA floor into a masterpiece

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

When the people of Milwaukee had the chance to renovate the Bucks’ basketball court, they chose to do something very avant-garde for a Midwestern city in the 1970s. They decided to use their public funds to commission Robert Indiana, an openly gay artist from Manhattan, to paint the floor of the Mecca. When the Bucks moved to the Bradley Center in 1988, they decided not to take their famous floor with them. So what happened to it? This is the story of how a Bucks fan discovered the floor being sold for scrap and worked with his friends and the artist — and took on serious credit card debt — to bring the iconic work back to life.

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Filed Under: 30 For 30, Milwaukee Bucks, Mecca