In celebration of another year for the Van Doren Invitational in Vancouver, Vans is currently transforming Hastings skatepark into a public art display with collaborative efforts by prominent artists Virus, Ben Tour, Kaput, Scott Sueme, Shay Semple, Jason Bothe and Jeffro Halliday. These six local artists, who all have a history with skating and its culture, will spend a few days painting the iconic bowl before the competition begins.
We got an exclusive first look at the artwork being laid down in the bowl.
“The first time I painted something as a kid, it was a skull skates logo in the Seylynn Bowl in North Vancouver,” says Virus. “We want to keep the art raw and fun like that, really utilizing the landscape of Hastings Bowl. Having rough ideas but building off each other as we paint, it will be as if we just went down there on a whim. It’s about the bowl and skating overall.”
With Vancouver’s rich history in skateboarding, specifically with the parks that have become regular skate spots for locals and visitors, spectators can expect to see nods to the Vancouver skate scene in the work.
The public art will be viewable for a full year from July 9 until the next Van Doren Invitational returns in the summer of 2016.