Abandoned church transformed into amazing colourful skate park

Fiona Govan
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Abandoned church transformed into amazing colourful skate park
Photo: Lucho Vidales / Church Brigade

An abandoned church in northern Spain has been dramatically transformed into a skate park covered in colourful geometric patterns.


The church of Santa Barbara in Llanera in Spain’s northern region of Asturias once served a thriving parish for workers at the local munitions factory, but attendance dwinded after the factory closed at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

Designed by architect Manuel Bobes, the Romanesque revival structure fell into disrepair until a collective called the Church Brigade bought up the crumbling edifice in 2007.

A combination of crowdfunding and sponsorship by Red Bull saw the 1912 church building fully repaired and transformed with the addition of ramps turning into a public skate park dubbed the Kaos Temple.

But the final magical transformation came last month when renowned Madrid street artist Okuda San Miguel covered the interior walls and vaulted ceilings with a kaleidoscope of colourful geometric patterns.

"It is like my personal Sistene chapel," said the artist in a video interview about the project.

The images published on the artist’s Instagram account show the amazing end results.

The artist Okuda San Miguel surveys his 'canvas' before starting work:

As work got underway:

And the amazing end results:







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