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Seattle’s first skateable art sculpture lands in Jefferson Park

Red Bull photo

Red Bull Skate Space, Red Bull photo

 

Saturday, June 21, was International Go Skateboarding Day and to celebrate, Jefferson Park received a hefty gift.

Measuring 50 feet wide and 22 feet tall, colored bright red and weighing in at 11,000 pounds, the new Red Bull Skate Space in Jefferson Park is hard to miss. Seattle Parks and Recreation, Red Bull, 4Culture, professional skateboarders Torey Pudwill and Ryan Schekler and others unveiled the permanent skateable art on Saturday with a community celebration.

Professional skater Alex Midler, Red Bull photo

Professional skater Alex Midler, Red Bull photo

 

In the summer of 2013, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4Culture and Red Bull conducted a call for artists to create a public art piece that would accommodate skateboarding. Forty artists applied and after an extensive interview process Oregon-based artist C.J. Rench was chosen to produce the skateable art piece.

Professional skater Ryan Scheckler, Red Bull photo

Professional skater Ryan Scheckler, Red Bull photo

 

“Bridging the game between art and sport is such a cool concept, but once we finished putting this up I realized that we had done it,” said Rench. “Seeing moms and dads sitting on the sculpture as their kids skated around, it was just icing on the cake to see all of these people enjoy one art piece so differently.”