Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, Emirati
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.

How long did it take?
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.

The Lowdown
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, (04 336 3313).