Skate parks are all well and good in the daytime when skaters can see where they’re going, but what about at night? Korean artist Koo Jeong-A has come up with a solution—night-skating with glow-in-the-dark skate park which has been built in Vassivière Island, France. Drawn to the surrounding mysterious wooded French landscape, the Korean artist wanted to create a dreamscape amidst the natural surroundings. The artwork is something that is meant to live and be used providing a sensorial experience to skaters and spectators alike.
Called Otro, this “skateable sculpture” is made from green phosphorescent concrete so it gives off a radioactive glare, which enables skaters to pull some amazing tricks without bumping into one another.
As well as the practical application of allowing skaters to practice their craft at night on the park’s different bowls, cradle, and tunnels, it’s also supposed to be experienced as an artwork—as a sensorial landscape, integrated into its surroundings, that plays with light and shadows.
About the artist
Since the 1990s Koo has been working on the reinvention of spaces with site specific works. Her works frequently include architectural elements, drawings, fictions, poetries, publications, installations, sculptures, films, audio works and architecture projects.
Koo’s most recent project is a glow-in-the-dark skatepark series. The first skatepark named OTRO was built in 2012 in collaboration with L’Escault Architectures, and was erected on Vassivière Island, France. The second, EVERTO, was built in 2015 in Liverpool, UK for the 2015 Liverpool Biennale; and most recently ARROGATION was built in 2016 in Sao Paulo for the 32nd Bienal de Sao Paulo.