The performance of athletes give audiences drama, narrative, and beauty
At first glance, it may not seem that art and sport have anything in common, but upon further analysis it is clear that these two areas are deeply intertwined. Much like the multitude of mediums in art, there are multiple types of sports. Some of these sports, such as figure skating and gymnastics, have more obvious artistic features than others.
Regardless of the activity being viewed or the object being admired, watching a play during a game can invoke feelings of amazement in the same way that looking at a beautiful sculpture can. This is because both art and sport exhibit impressive skill or talent. Whether the performer is a ballerina or a soccer player, both of these skills take a lot of practice to perfect.
Whether you are in an arena, a gym, or a stadium, sports immerse you in an entirely new world, the same way that an art gallery does. The energy of the crowd roaring with excitement as their team scores the point after a long volley. The sound of helmets crashing together as two football teams come together in a fight for the ball. The feeling of the stick hitting the ice for a slapshot. The sound of the buzzer or whistle that indicates a goal has been scored. Like art, the visual image of a sport is often very colourful, with the players donning logos and colours that are associated with their teams.
While the players’ main goal is to win, the audience is there with them to watch the performance. Much like performance art, sports have a certain aesthetic that often enchants the audience. The way a hockey player glides down the ice or the grace of a football player leaping over the opposition to run the ball into the end zone for a touchdown are sights worth seeing.
Sports, like other forms of art, make you feel something and can bring a group of people together. There is an automatic connection made when someone you meet has the same favourite singer as you. That same connection is made when you share the same favourite sports team. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what language you speak, or what your beliefs are — we can all understand and enjoy the artistic beauty of sport.
Photos by Tasha Falconer