The Red Bull Skate Space project successfully established an unprecedented achievement in the history of skateboarding. With the intention of making a lasting impact on the local skateboarding community, Torey Pudwill and artist C.J. Rench collaborated on the project combining two of Seattle’s passions: art and skateboarding. Alongside fellow Red Bull skateboarders Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Ryan Decenzo, Alex Midler and Joey Brezenski, Seattle’s latest permanent art piece was unveiled at Jefferson Park on International Go Skateboarding Day.
Hundreds of skaters from the local community came out to support the project and get a firsthand lesson from the crew on how to skate their new feature. It’s not an easy task to create a piece of art that doubles as a quality skateable feature. It wasn’t always straightforward as the project took shape after two years of collaboration. The concept is a true celebration of culture and skateboarding that is ultimately reshaping the way people view and interact with public art.