Seattle to unveil skateable public art at Jefferson Park on June 21
Seattle Parks and Recreation, Red Bull, 4Culture and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill are excited to unveil a permanent art sculpture that is “skateable” by skateboards in the northeast corner of Jefferson Park.
The Red Bull Skate Space, designed for the City of Seattle, will be opened in Jefferson Park on International Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, 2014, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Pro skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Tom Schaar, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo and Joey Brezinski will attend the unveiling.
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.
C.J. Rench began designing, sculpting and fabricating metal sculpture full-time in 2005, working mainly with large-scale abstract design that reveals his dimensionality. His work, primarily in stainless and mild steel, is diverse, ranging from small tabletop hand-painted sculpture to monumental public installations.
He and Torey Pudwill began designing and fabricating the Red Bull Skate Space together in early 2013 and will officially begin installation in Jefferson Park on June 18, 2014. “Working with Torey and Red Bull to create art that invites interaction and participation has been a dream project,” Rench says.
“This project is a true collaboration with art and skateboarding, and Seattle is the perfect city to host this innovative work of art,” says Pudwill.
Red Bull Skate Space will be permanently located in Seattle’s Jefferson Park. Considered by many as one of Seattle’s most enjoyable destinations, Jefferson Park is the sixth largest park in the city and offers unparalleled views of the Duwamish River, downtown and the Olympic Mountains. Jefferson Park is a designated District Skatepark location in Seattle’s Citywide Skatepark Plan http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/Skatepark.htm. The Citywide Skatepark Plan identifies a network of safe, legal places throughout the city that can begin to change the way people think about and experience skateboarding in Seattle.