November edition of the WallRide Sundays (monthly events organised by the
WallRide Association, taking place on the last Sunday of each month at the Faro
Skatepark), the graffiti and skateboarding communities joined forces to
visually rehabilitate the space.
sports equipment had suffered from years of neglect and abandonment, which
resulted in a visual environment that caused great discomfort to its regular
users, as well as compromising the functional integrity of some of the ramps
WallRide had already made some previous interventions in the skatepark throughout its first year of work, but it chose to recognise the legitimacy of the local graffiti community as secondary users of the space. As such, the event served to expand the already existing bridges between the two communities, in order to guarantee the functionality of the skatepark, alongside its visual integrity.
heart of this partnership was a generous donation of appropriate paints by
national manufacturer and distributor CIN, which replied to the not-for-profit
Association’s appeal to return the skatepark to its legitimate owners: the
general public; while at the same time promoting good practices of citizenship,
and actions geared towards education, social work and healthy lifestyles.
relationship between the cultures of graffiti and skateboarding has always been
evident their respective shared spaces, albeit new tendencies – especially in
the world of skateboarding - are ushering in a reconfiguration of said
relationship in skateparks. As such, the involvement of both new and renowned
artists such as SEN, RES, Pierre Levert, SAUK, IODA, SAMIRO, PORS (among
others), was central to the execution of what is the first of several stages of
a long-term project focusing on reconciling the wellbeing of skatepark users
with the elevation of the artistic legitimacy of local artists.
the pioneer skateboarding association in the Algarve, aims at continuing the
expansion of its infrastructure rehabilitation work, in either Faro, or wherever
needed; while also continuing its education of future generations through its
Skate School, as well as the protection and support of minorities through its
Community and South Girl Skate Departments.