Title of work: ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’.
Can you explain the concept behind your idea?
To recycle the skateboard and make it useful once again. It’s an artwork, and it is also a useable bench.
What did the skateboard look like when it was first given to you?
It was snapped in two. I actually had to use two skateboards to make the legs of the bench. I didn’t deconstruct it, but I cleaned the sharp edges and evened them out to act as the legs for the bench.
What materials did you use?
Wood, sandpaper, paint, screws and bolts.
A month of research, as I had many ideas. Once I’d decided what I wanted to make, it took a week to construct and paint it.
Can you skate?
Yes, I can skate, but I can only go in one direction.
How do you think skateboarding and art are related?
Skateboarding is a form of art. I wanted to bring this entire project together as well as uniting artists from all around the UAE. It’s similar to meeting random people at a skate park: getting to know new people, and discovering new talents.
Exhibition: ‘Fakie 2012’ until February 18 at Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
Artists include: Ella Orencillo, Kristy Anne Ligones, Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, Layan Attari, Maliha Naseem, Mark Ganzon, Maryam Abdulla Alzaabi, Rebecca Rendell, Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum.
Price range of works: All priced at Dhs2,000.
Skate a sculpture!
On February 17, skate fans are invited to come down to Tashkeel and participate in a social media experiment called Skate Biladi 2.0, in which spectators will be encouraged to take photos of people skating the Tashkeel ramp and upload them to Facebook. A scoreboard will display the uploaded pics, and the skater and the photographer with the most ‘likes’ will win an Apple prize pack. Also enjoy a free barbecue, a live DJ and entertainment by professional skaters.
Free. 10am-10pm (peak time 4pm-6pm). Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).