Glow-in-the-Dark Skatepark

For the sculptures wood of the International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière Island in France, artist Koo Jeong A has designed a concrete sculpture including the practice of skate, roller or BMX.

Otro‘ stands as a fully functioning skatepark which is quite different to others of its kind — its glow-in-the-dark eliminates the complications of an evening skate session. 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.”

The following is some further information:

“OTRO is a daring skateable artwork, composed of different bowls, a cradle and a tunnel. Koo Jeong A invites novices and experts to share the physical and sensorial experience of her work by “skating the landscape”.

At the time of her arrival in 2007 for her exhibition called Oussseux, Koo Jeong A had been impressed by the mysterious winter landscapes of the island and the atmosphere that arose from it : Vassivière became Oussseux, an unreal, phantasmagoric and powerful dreamscape belonging to the imaginary world of the artist.

With OTRO, Koo Jeong A tries out the fragile visibility of the artwork, its discrete appearance that tests our perception, obliging you to discover with patience the artwork’s essence.

The concept of OTRO, its ovoid shape, the use of green phosphorescent paint, its progressive discovery, and its integration in the island meadow make this artwork become an infinite land of investigation, that reflects all details like the light, its link with the site, the atmospheres, the dream and the fantastical. OTRO is an artwork made of bumps – the cradle – and hollows – bowls and a tunnel. This work of Koo Jeong A refers to both definitions of sculpture and representation: hollows and bumps, shadows and lights, soft or accentuated reliefs.

It is an art work to live, to experiment, not only from a sporting point of view but also from a sensorial, sensitive and artistic point of view. It establishes the link between the urban, practicable, sporting and playful aspect of the artwork as a skate park and the artwork from an artistic point of view as part of Koo Jeong A’s world.”

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