With a little expertise help, a 100 Year Old Church in Spain was transformed into a skate park. Probably one of the coolest skate parks now it’s placed on a Church. Who would say that?…
Originally designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, the church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, was abandoned for years and crumbling from neglect.
But step inside the Romanesque revival structure and you’ll find a space transformed: where there were pews there is now a half pipe; prayers have given way to ollies and peeling paint has been replaced with a riot of colour.
Luckily, a group of enterprising individuals lead by a collective called the ‘Church Brigade,’ with help from online fundraising and Red Bull, the church was salvaged and turned into a public skate park dubbed Kaos Temple.
As if having a skate park inside a beautiful abandoned church wasn’t enough, artist Okuda San Miguel was commissioned to cover the walls and vaulted ceilings with his unique brand of colorful geometric figures. Nearly every flat interior surface is covered with a rainbow of color, illuminated from every side by tall windows, making this a truly special place to skate.
In collaboration with Red Bull, Okuda filled the church with bright, isometric, paintings. Verkami describes some of the work: “His iconic artistic piece Kaos Star represents a colorful and isometric rose of the winds that tries to tell us that it does not matter were you are, or what you are doing, what matters are your own goals.”
See also some artistic skateboards HERE!