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Public Art Fights Anti-Skateboarding Law in Philadelphia

Paine's Park now has a sculpture you can destroy.
June 28, 2015, 12:00pm

It’s always skateable in Philadelphia, thanks to public art. Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, is Jonathan Monk's new installation in Paine’s Park. Commissioned by the city of Philadelphia in order to catalyze the public by way of skateboarding, the geometric structures combine art, leisure, and utility, ultimately reuniting a space that had been shied away from by its urban patrons. Prior to the opening of this installation, skateboarding had been illegal in the city's public parks. Now, Monk says, the only way his art can be completed is if it gets skated on by the masses.

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Check out the images from The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s Instagram below.

One more from last Friday's #opensourcephl kickoff party at #painespark. You don't have to be a skater to enjoy Steps and Pyramid by Jonathan Monk. You just have to like climbing things (and possibly ice cream

See more of Jonathan Monk's work here.

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