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Both sport and subculture, skateboarding occupies the liminal spaces between rebellious adolescent pastime, legitimate game of immense skill (think Tony Hawk and Leticia Bufoni), spatial art form and method of transportation. “It’s seen as a child’s play activity,” says architecture historian Iain Borden, “but for many practitioners it involves nothing less than a complete and alternate way of life.”

In 1970s Santa Monica, the pioneering group Z-Boys brought surfing techniques to dry land, riding low on Los Angeles’s concrete roads, curbs and empty pools as if they were waves, running their hands along the ground as if it were mercury. With the rise of purpose-built parks soon after, many skaters similarly took to the...

A Fluorescent Skatepark Transforms Milan’s Triennale into a Playground

Koo Jeong A’s glow-in-the-dark skateable sculpture takes over the Triennial Milano to explore the art of play.

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