This afternoon, Mural Arts dedicated a couple new skateable sculptures at Franklin’s Paine Skatepark. The pieces, created by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk, are called Steps and Pyramid and are modeled after two Sol Lewitt works in the Sculpture Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They will be on display at the park from now through October for your skating and interacting pleasure.
Paine’s Skatepark is a skateboarding park set next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Schuylkill River. Naturally, the two-year-old facility is popular with children, and now police have sent out an alert about an incident there involving a grown man and a child’s feet. Read more »
On Saturday, skaters will be flipping and grinding at Paine’s Park — like they do every weekend. This will be special though, as this weekend the skatepark will be hosting its first-ever skate fest, Love on the Street Festival.
The LOTS Fest is free. The event includes skate demos, street art, food and skate vendors and a performance from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. On the XPN-sponsored Mad Dragon Stage, there will be musical performances from Radiator Hospital, Dogs on Acid, Moon Bounce, W.C. Lindsay, Jack Deezl, Clique and Mr. Sampson. If you’re wondering if any of these bands are appropriate for a skate festival, please just read some of these names. Dogs on Acid is such a cool band name it should probably exclusively play skate festivals. Read more »
Franklin’s Paine Park is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting public space projects, in part because it can’t be easily categorized. It’s a mixed tape crafted by an unlikely crew — one that should probably be immortalized in a movie like Ocean’s 11. Partners include city and state commissions and departments, politicians; GPTMC; the Philadelphia Sports Congress; development corps; ad agencies; skate organizations; landscape/urban planners; and the ghost of Ed Bacon. Imagine Tony Hawk eloping with Babette Josephs, and you get the idea.