Philadelphia kicked off its new public outdoor-arts exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space on Friday with two sculptures made for skateboarding on. The artist Jonathan Monk installed the “Skateable Sculptures” in Paine’s Park, a publicly funded skate park built in 2013, not far from the downtown Philadelphia Museum of Art. Monk’s sculptures appropriate, in some ways, some of Sol LeWitt’s public artworks found in the museum’s sculpture garden.
It’s great that Philly did this, especially considering the controversy that ensued when they banned skateboarding in Love Park…a controversy that led to the 92-year-old urban planner who designed the park getting on a skateboard in protest.
So my idea wasn’t totally original. Oh well, it’s cool that there are places that integrating public art and skateboarding. I’d love to see some of this (officially) come to Ottawa.