In 1977, the City of Milwaukee took a substantial creative risk by commissioning famed pop artist Robert Indiana to paint the basketball floor at the MECCA Arena.
Amid skepticism and controversy, the world of sport and art converged making the MECCA Floor the World's Largest Pop Art Painting.
Fast forward 35 years. While the MECCA era came to an untimely end in the late 1980's, when the Bucks moved to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. After being tipped off that the floor was being sold on an architectural salvage site, Greg Koller purchased the iconic MECCA Floor.
On July 4, 2011 Greg Koller died unexpectedly yet the day before his passing, encouraged his son Ben to move back home from Los Angeles to bring the MECCA Floor back into the collective consciousness of the world.
Following the call of duty from his father, and stern command of artist Robert Indiana, Ben moved back to Milwaukee to rebirth the MECCA Floor. His efforts have made international news with articles in the New York Times, Fast Company, and an ESPN 30 for 30 short film.
The final chapter for the MECCA Floor is to be publicly displayed intact for all to experience, showcasing Her mythical story in perpetuity.