Artist Okuda San Miguel designed kaleidoscopic geometries, faceted human faces and animal motifs on the vaults and inner walls of the alternative skate park Kaos Temple, an indie venue for contemporary culture hosted in a former church in the Spanish municipality of Llanera, Asturias.
In the beginning there was an architecture in despair, a 100 years old church that was falling apart, an unwanted relic of Spanish Civil war. A group of enterprising individuals led by skaters’ collective Church Brigade started to adapt the building and transform it into a pilgrimage place for skate culture lovers.
Urban artist Okuda San Miguel and his team Ink and Movement completed the design of the project fuelling the interiors of the building with multicoloured pop-surrealist designs. On the vaults, faceted skulls and human or animal faces watch skaters from above.
Psychedelic birds are mixed with urban iconography. Geometrical patterns contour the large stained-glass windows that inject a mystical light on the skate ramps. Skate or pray?
“My works talk about the war between nature forces and human forces, between modernity and roots. I like to play with contradictions which invite people to reflect” said Okuda San Miguel.
“I think this project is the most important of my career. Mainly because it is the most classic stand within art history who have done all great artists. It’s like my personal Sistine Chapel”.
The project was completed without institutional support of any kind but thanks the help of Redbull and a successful crowd-funding campaign. The skate church will hold cultural activities with the aim to become a reference place to visit.
Photos by Elchino Pomares – Courtesy of Ink and Movement. Video by Vietnam Estudio, courtesy of Redbull Spain.
Watch the interview of Okuda San Miguel.