While skateboarding has gained incredible mainstream appeal in recent years, its roots are urban and the true heart and soul of the sport remain grounded in streetscapes where skaters perfect maneuvers on neglected urban architecture.
These artistic expressions of passion and creativity are best complemented by terrain that is aesthetically-intriguing and challenging to skate. For many years, skatepark design often neglected the artistic nature of skateboarding, opting for convention and simplicity instead. The traditional skatepark funbox, for example, was recreated in hundreds of facilities. Before long, it became perfectly clear what could be done on this feature – the excitement and creativity had been lost.
At Spohn Ranch we firmly believe that designing a municipal skatepark should not limit our ability to create visually-striking architecture where the innovation of skaters can truly flourish. In an effort to bring to skateboarding back to its artistic roots, we pioneered the use of “Skateable Art” sculptures in skatepark and mixed-use public space design.
Simply put, Skateable Art features are skating obstacles with an artistic flair. With compelling shapes that rival the work of elite sculptural artists and unique colors, materials and textures, Skateable Art can also appeal to the general public from a community beautification perspective.
With Skateable Art we strive to create urban skatetopias, defined by awe-inspiring architecture that will serve as the perfect backdrop for skaters to film videos and shoot photographs. By making art that is actually meant for skating, we are decriminalizing skateboarding and allowing it to really flourish. As opposed to art in a museum that is hung on a wall and protected by glass, our sculptural pieces truly engage the participant by encouraging physical interaction with the art. When no skaters are present these sculptures can be appreciated for their artistic value. When skaters are present, spectators are treated with an amazing display of athletes reinterpreting the art in their own unique ways.
Come to us with a concept, theme or story that is meaningful to your community, and we will translate your inspiration into high-quality, fully-engineered skateable sculptures. For further information, including our catalog of sample art pieces, check out www.skateableart.com