Abandoned classic structures provide a challenge for communities. Renovating them or tearing them down are both expensive propositions, leaving them to crumble while they wait for someone with deep pockets to come by and fix the problem. The church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias used to be one such abandoned building, until an angel swooped through its doors. Or, maybe it’d be more accurate to say skated through its doors.
Thanks to an entrepreneurial collective called the Church Brigade, and a little help from Red Bull and local donors, the church has been reborn as a public skate park called Kaos Temple. If the renovations aren’t enough to peak your interest, the park also features extensive paintings by artist Okuda San Miguel across its walls and vaulted ceilings. The end result is a psychedelic cornucopia of sports, public renovation, and extreme sports. Let’s take a look.
Here’s what the church looked like before.
And this is what it looks like inside today.
Okuda San Miguel’s geometric art adds a stunning element of fine art to the skate area.
Here’s an in-progress shot of the skate area being built.
Here’s what the whole room looks like.
Spinning through the air and seeing all those colors must be a trip.
Looks like the heavens approve of this project.
Here’s a complete shot of the building’s ceiling.
Here’s a tree pouring rainbows out into the universe.
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