Here's where art, repurposing, & a church collide.
Picture a 100-year old church in Llanera, Asturias in Spain. Abandoned, it could have been just as easy to tear it down. But instead, it was transformed in a unique & unusual way: into a colorful indoor skatepark. Artist "Okuda" San Miguel added geometric shapes & color to transform the church into the newly named "The Kaos Temple" with strong messages of nature:
"In general, for the last few years my work talks a bit about the war between nature's forces and the human being; between modernity and roots. Self-destruction, existentialism, things like that....I like using contradictions which invite people to reflection."
I can only imagine what the experience of skateboarding would be like in this setting!
Other buildings have come about by way of adaptive reuse. Check them out here:
- "10 Repurposed Industrial Buildings That Were Previously Abandoned" (of which, I delighted myself in that I have been to Mass MoCA: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art!)
Images from http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/church-transformed-psychedelic-sistine-chapel-skateboarders-okuda-san-miguel.html and http://laiglesiaskate.com/?lang=en#reservations; Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSKbgbEcjNs