I gathered my favourite clay models and wire mesh models and took them to the skate park (Riverside). I wanted some skaters to take a look at the models and give me some feedback on the designs. They didn’t seem too interested in what I was saying at first, but when I pulled out the models they all started to gather around and take a look. I didn’t really want to sketch and takes notes of what they were saying and I didn’t want to ask them to sketch out their ideas either. So I cut up some squares of wire mesh, gave it to them and said- “show me your ideas”. So they all started to model up some ideas… They produced some basic shapes and curves and gave me some advice on what they thought be good to include.
1- Shallow transitions
2- Transfers between some obstacles
3- They wanted to skate obstacles that didn’t look like benches or other familiar obstacles.
So my design needs to be less like a seat and more like a sculptural installation. skaters and the general pubic (tourists etc) would find this more interesting.