Fluorescent skatepark opens as part of the Liverpool Biennial
As part of the Liverpool Biennial’s long-term program of scattering permanent artworks across town, a skatepark was opened designed by Koo Jeong A. The Korean artist created a wheels park that is as much as a sculptural element as a functional space for practicing urban sports in Everton Park. Used by skateboarders and BMX bikers, the bowl was made with a special free-form process that requires significantly less concrete than pre-cast molds. The shape of the wheel was already somewhat given, and to emphasise its sculptural quality, Jeong A applied a phosphorescent paint around its central ring. Thus the skatepark ceases to be working exclusively as a sports hub and becomes a glowing spectacle in the dark, turning into a piece of public art.
Besides its connection to the Liverpool Biennial, the projects extends beyond artistic efforts, as it is part of a wider, community-led initiative attempting to inject new life into Everton Park. As such, the Jeong A worked in close collaboration with local civil organisations. And not only them; Wheelspace, a professional skate park design team was also involved in the venture, as well as members of the local skateboarding community. Everto is the 5th and last station in their citywide project of building such rings across town.
Source: Creative Review
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