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August 19, 2013

Artists revamp the ramps at Blake Baldwin Skate Park

NORMAN — Vivid blues, greens, reds and every color you could think of catch your eye when you pass by the Blake Baldwin Skate Park in the northeast corner of Andrews Park.

Fresh graffiti art breathed new life into the park after local artists of all kinds joined there Sunday to recover the skating park grounds.

This is the third year artists have volunteered to be part of the CRE8nSK8 Project, spearheaded by the Norman Public Arts Board. Andy Jacobs, art director of the event, said they had about 20 artists show up this year and everything went great on Sunday.

All of the artists have provided a lot of diversity and a wide variety of looks at the park for the community to enjoy, Jacobs said. The event also provides a legal venue for professional graffiti artists and artists of all kinds to come out and share their talents with the public as well.

Norman artist Skip Hill, who mostly works in the fine arts realm of artistry, joined in the fun on Sunday painting a small ramp near the middle of the skate park. Hill said the project is a nice, loose, casual event that allows artists to come together and collaborate with each other.

“It allows you to be more spontaneous,” he said of why he enjoyed the event.

The project also allows the art form of graffiti to be seen in a positive way,

“because it is an art form,” Hill said.

Other artists volunteering Sunday agreed that it was fun to collaborate with others and be around like-minded people.

“It’s art that should be in a gallery but we’re doing it for free so everybody can enjoy it,” said a local artist known as Fern. “We could be sitting in air conditioning in a studio and painting and making money but we’re out here enjoying ourselves with friends and meeting new people.”

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