Dogtown Skateboarder

Dogtown Skateboarder

If you have already seen the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, you will know about the history of skateboarding through the 1970s. In a nutshell, a water shortage in California forced homeowners to either leave their pools half empty, or drain them altogether.

It didn’t take the local kids long to figure out that an empty pool made a great surface to skateboard on – until the cops came, that is. Today, most skateboard parks have the very same curves in them, all because of this unique beginning to a huge, multi-million dollar sport.

This sculpture is my homage to these “pioneers”. Yes, most of the skateboarders were boys – but I have a girl here – just to be different.

The cross-section of my empty pool is made of Fimo, and is hollow. A lattice of woodwork holds things together inside, but I held my breath every time I re-baked this sculpture! Also, a stiff wire travels through the figure’s leg, and down to the bottom of the base.