They Turned This 100-Year-Old Church Into A Sistine Chapel For Skaters.
A 100-year-old church in the Spanish municipality of Ilanera, Asturias, has been undergoing an extraordinary renovation. The church of Santa Barbara was originally built in 1912 and designed by architect Manuel del Busto, but has recently been abandoned. A collective called the 'Church Brigade' enlisted the support of backers through crowdfunding and collaborated with Redbull to transform the neglected building into the now Kaos Temple indoor skate park and gallery.
According to designboom, artist Okuda San Miguel began painting vibrant murals onto the vaulted ceilings and walls in December 2015. San Miguel, a multidisciplinary artist based in Madrid, is well-known for his colorful, geometric artwork.
Take a look at the transformation of art history below:
This 100-year-old church in Spain has been abandoned for years.
A collective that goes by 'Church Brigade' had a vision to transform the neglected space into an active area for both skateboarders and creatives.
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Through crowdfunding and a collaboration with Red Bull, their vision has now come to fruition.
Madrid-based artist Okuda San Miguel is in charge of painting the building, renamed Kaos Temple. Though you may have seen playful designs like these in pop art and on the street, they take on a whole different meaning when cast onto historic walls.
‘I like using contradictions which invite people to reflection,' San Miguel said of his work.
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'I like to do different things. It’s not the type of work where you are always trapped in the studio.’
San Miguel describes the project as his personal Sistine Chapel. Though an unlikely combination, the artist's distinctive style and the church's historic walls make one spectacular display.
Learn more about the project here:
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