Element’s new 20-minute documentary, “Second Nature,” features skateboarder
turned landscape artist Janne Saario.
Saario grew up in Helsinki, Finland, and started skating when he was 6 years old
on a board made from an old plank of wood and office chair wheels. He developed
onward from that, moving up the ranks in the skateboarding world and eventually
creating innovative skate parks.
-Micropolis Skate Park, one of Saario’s completed designs, is pictured below:
“Second Nature” portrays Saario as a humble, thoughtful, imaginative, and artistic
individual, and his skate park designs reflect this. He created the Lulea Skate Park in
Sweden, for example, with custom concrete and salvaged pieces of steel, modeling
the park after the “idea of a giant ladle pouring molten steel into the concrete,”
according to a release about the park.
-Some of Saario’s other projects include a man-made wavy road titled “Striitti” and
the “Grani” skate park in Kauniainen, Finland.
The Lulea Skate Park from the film pictured below
To watch documentary in full, click on video below: