a vacant Spanish church is transformed into a vibrant skate park
“It is like my personal Sistine Chapel.”
—Okuda San Miguel, project artist, to Restos de Cultura
PHOTOS COURTESY OF LA IGLESIA SKATE
A long-empty church in Spain now hosts a new type of congregation: skateboarders. The 104-year-old building “was pretty much in ruins when we started the project,” Ernesto Fernández Rey, a member of what became the “Church Brigade,” told The Guardian. Inspired by the structure's intricate architecture and large open space, a collective of local skateboarders set out to transform the building into a one-of-akind indoor skate park.
The group commissioned artist Okuda San Miguel to convert the decrepit interior into a kaleidoscope of color. With the well-known artist on the project team, the project attracted sponsorships from major brands. An online crowdfunding campaign helped raise additional funds, bringing the project budget to more than US$25,000.
San Miguel painted all the new frescoes in just one week last November. With the installation of the wall-to-wall half-pipe, La Iglesia Skate now draws skateboarders from around the world.
La Iglesia Skate
The area can get up to 200 days of rain annually, making an indoor skate park invaluable.
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