Torey Pudwill Brings Skateable Art to Seattle

In collaboration with artist CJ Rench Red Bull Skate Space will become a permanent skate spot.
By Larry Earvin

Torey Pudwill's dream to make a permanent skateable art sculpture in Seattle will become a reality on Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, 2014. In collaboration with artist CJ Rench, the pro skateboarder will present Red Bull Skate Space at the city's Jefferson Park.

"My style of skating is more of a vision," says Torey. "I'll see it in my head. I look at everything if it has skate potential or not."

CJ Rench, an artist with public installations located all over the US, built the skateable sculpture out of his design studio in Hood River, Oregon. Skate Space personally appealed to Rench and his artistic style. "I like making art that everybody can understand," he says. "I like things to be flowing and colorful. I definitely look at lines."

The above video reveals part of the construction process and how Torey worked with Rench to finetune the sculpture, from arranging the models to the finish on the metal. "I want to see what other skaters think. I want to see it get skated," says Torey.

He won't have to wait much longer. After months of deliberation, designing, fabrication, testing, weather holds, and permit negotiations, Torey will soon get his shot on the art installation with fellow Red Bull skaters Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Tom Schaar, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo and Joey Brezinski.

First and foremost, Rench says Red Bull Skate Space is a work of art -- but it's one that has been adapted for skateboarding. "Instead of blocking everything that's skateable from the skateboarders, build it knowing they're going to use it," says Rench.

Pudwill adds, "This project is a true collaboration with art and skateboarding, and Seattle is the perfect city to host this innovative work of art.”

Check out how the design process went down:

Red Bull Skate Space Event Schedule

Unveiling Event: Red Bull Skate Space
Jefferson Park
Saturday June 21, 2014
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Looking for more Red Bull Skate Space? Watch the official event teaser.
 

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