The UK’s first glow-in-the-dark skateboard park has opened in Liverpool, as part of the city’s Biennial arts festival
The festival is due to take place next summer, but organisers have also commissioned a series of permanent works intended to be integrated into the fabric of the city.
As part of this programme, the glow-in-the-dark skatepark has been designed by South Korean artist Koo Jeong A for Everton Park – the highest point of Liverpool.
Jeong A, who is known She said: ‘Working as an artist in the community of Everton has been a fascinating process.
‘What appealed to me about this has been the way that the entire community has worked together in a harmonious way to create this project.’
John Hutchison, member of Friends of Everton Park, praised the way the artist had thrown herself into the project.
Koo Jeong A worked with skate park design firm Wheelscape on the design, which will see the central bowl painted in a phosphorescent paint that will glow in the dark.Thierry BalTHhTH
In 2012, the artist designed a glow-in-the-dark skatepark in l’île de Vassivière, France.
The stated mission of the Biennial is to ensure all of its activities engage ‘art, people and place’.
Past projects commissioned by Biennial organisers include Antony Gormley’s work Another Place, which has found a permanent home at Crosby beach, and Turning the Place Over by Richard Wilson, which turned a building inside-out.
In 2014, 91-year-old French architect Claude Parent took over the Tate’s Wolfson Gallery for an exhibition inspired by artworks elsewhere in the building.
Next year’s event will run between 9 July and 16 October next year.