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