free basin

free basin was inspired by Los Angeles skateboarding culture of the 70s, when empty swimming pools were ridden to emulate the movements of surfing. The work consists of an elevated kidney-shaped skate bowl that was fully accessible to skateboarders during gallery hours. From the underside, visitors were confronted with the large bellied wooden form alive with rumblings from the skaters above. A spiral staircase connected the two levels.

Close quarter viewing and participation merged in controlled chaos the six times free basin was erected nationally and internationally from 2000-2007. It provided a sculpted architectural form to local skateboarders whose poetic movement became the focal point of the transformed gallery space.

free basin essay – Hamza Walker

Hyde Park art Center 2000

Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany