Old Churches 3: Skateboarding

Even disused, a church is a large-volume public space. So it’s relatively easy to convert them into restaurants, bookstores, even brewpubs — there’s Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh. But this one is creative. The church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Spain was built in 1912. Slumping into ruin, it was due for demolition until a coalition of citizens raised the money to redo it as a skateboarding facility.

A notable artist, Okuda San Miguel, was hired to paint the interior. (I have to assume that some serious money went into making the roofs and walls sound. Everything begins with a decent roof.) And wow, it looks fabulous! The rainbow color scheme isn’t in the least ecclesiastical but tips a hat to the long-gone stained glass windows. And the artist really worked with the architecture.

I don’t know enough about skateboarding to say how good a church is for this, but you gotta give them points for originality here. Click through on the links to see the painting process and some video of skateboarders swooping back and forth.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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