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100-Year-Old Church Given New Life as Mesmerizing Skate Park with Vibrant Murals

Okuda San Miguel (aka Okudart) has transformed a historic church in Llanera, Spain into a colorful haven for skateboarders. Created in collaboration with La Iglesia Skate park and Red Bull, the artist covered the interior sanctuary in vibrant colors and patterns that match the intensity of the sport.

The project is titled Kaos Temple, and construction on it started and finished earlier this month. Miguel began by painting around the windows and over the vaulted ceilings, leaving no area untouched. Everywhere you turn, there's a mesmerizing sight to behold. Faceted faces and geometric portraits of animals gaze down from the center of the room, while rainbows and color gradients line the curve of the arches.

After the painting was complete, the ramps were built in place. It's here that the site takes its final form: a visually inspiring and welcoming locale where skateboarders can grind their favorite tricks. And when they're not on the ramps, Kaos Temple includes seating to admire and explore all that Miguel's work has to offer.

Above photo credit: Red Bull Media

Photo credit: Red Bull Media

Photo credit: Red Bull Media

Photo credit: La Iglesia Skate

Photo credit: Lucho Vidales

Photo credit: Eduardo Rivas

Photo credit: La Iglesia Skate

Photo credit: Rubn Pomares

Photo credit: Eduardo Rivas

Photo credit: Eduardo Rivas

Photo credit: Eduardo Rivas

Photo credit: La Iglesia Skate

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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