Milan’s design museum is hoping to attract a different kind of visitor with its latest installation – a luminescent skate park, complete with ramps and skate bowl.
South Korean artist Koo Jeon designed the installation, dubbed ‘OooOoO’, which inaugurates a year of exhibitions and events ‘celebrating play’ at the institution, curated by former Serpentines director Julia Peyton-Jones.
‘What purpose does the skatepark fulfil? It sends the clear message that art doesn’t have to be an object that hangs on the wall or is displayed on the floor,’ Peyton-Jones told Designboom.
Koo Jeong’s practice explores the reinvention of spaces through participation, and she has created several skateparks across the globe, beginning in 2012 with her collaboration with L’escaut Architectures in France.
Her La Triennale di Milano’s skatepark occupies the ground floor of the museum and is free to members of the public. White ramps and steps edged with black glow luminous green beneath UV lights, while related installations – including a photo exhibition dedicated to the city’s skate community – surround the temporary structure, which is in situ until 15 February 2020.