Artist’s glow-in-the-dark bowl for new ‘wheels park’ opens in Liverpool

Commissioned for the Liverpool Biennial, Koo Jeong A’s design is coated with phosphorescent paint and opened at the city’s Everton Park yesterday

Designed to be used by both skateboarders and BMX bikers, the project is the result of a collaboration with skate park designers Wheelscape and the local skateboarding community in Liverpool.

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015 Photo: Gareth Jones
Above and top of post: Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015. Photo: Gareth Jones
Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015 Photo: Thierry Bal
Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015. Photo: Thierry Bal

In an usual twist, the central bowl of the skatepark has been painted with a phosphorescent paint, which apparently uses the same natural bioluminescent chemical found in fireflies and anglerfish.

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015 Photo: Thierry Bal
Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015. Photo: Thierry Bal

The skatepark has been built using a process called ‘free-form construction’, which uses two-thirds less concrete than traditional pre-cast moulds.

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015 Photo: Thierry Bal
Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015. Photo: Thierry Bal

The project is part of the Biennial’s ongoing programme of commissioning permanent and long-term artworks in Liverpool (they were also behind Sir Peter Blake’s commission to paint the Mersey Ferry in a ‘dazzle’ design).

Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015 Photo: Thierry Bal
Koo Jeong A x Wheelscape Evertro, Everton Park, 2015. Photo: Thierry Bal

The new wheels park also represents the latest stage in the ongoing community-led regeneration of Everton Park and is the last of five wheels parks to be built in Liverpool as part of a citywide project.

“The site is an incredible space, so being able to do something that is unique is brilliant,” Sally Tallant, director of the Liverpool Biennial, told The Guardian.

“This is not just a skatepark and sports hub, it is also a major piece of public art, and both of these things will draw people to this area who just wouldn’t have come here otherwise. Koo has made the park a cultural destination.”

Everton Park Wheels Park was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Friends of Everton Park, the Land Trust and Liverpool Vision. Liverpool Biennial 2016 takes place July 9 – October 16 2016. biennial.com

More from CR

Lecturer Design Management

Kingston University

Graphic Designer

Fishfinger

Design Assistant

Cultureshock Media