Guerrilla Skate Park


Skate Demo, Live Music and Film Screening at July 25th Unveiling Party
Visit To Learn About Jesse, Guerrilla Skatepark and

Exhibition: “Guerrilla Skatepark: Ramp Reveal & Exhibition”
Location: 2522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Dates of Exhibition: July 25 – August 15, 2008
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1-6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, July 25, 8-11 pm

July 22, 2008 (Silver Lake, CA) – siteLA is pleased to present
“Guerrilla Skatepark: Ramp Reveal & Exhibition,” an unveiling of Jesse
Rodato’s project at siteLA. Jesse is an architect whose work operates
along borders: borders between private and public space, between outdoor
and indoor architecture, and between art and activism. As a Visionary in
Residence at Quiksilver’s siteLA, Jesse is designing elements of a
mobile skatepark to deploy in Los Angeles’ underserved inner city. By
creating a temporary recreational space, the Guerrilla Skatepark offers
an alternative to crime and gang involvement-statistically proven to
reduce with the increase of safe exterior places for kids. L.A. has less
public space per capita than any other US city, and Jesse’s project will
raise awareness while acting as a tangible stimulus for change.

Before taking it to the streets, the first ramp will be built and
displayed at Quiksilver’s siteLA as the centerpiece of an exhibit that
combines Jesse’s design process with street art, skate culture and
performance. The half-pipe employs architectural lines and urban
aesthetics with royal blue Lucite sides and an ebony-stained skate
surface. This mobile skate ramp will arrive via a box truck and through
a single door into siteLA. Also available at the exhibit will be a free,
step-by-step instructional blueprint/newsprint created by Jesse to
incite and enable other guerrilla builders.

Jesse has invited four DIY artists from her community to exhibit work
that raises similar questions about public space. Graffiti artists tiki
jay one, Elbino and BEMOR will battle their print skills on the walls of
the gallery, subverting the expectations of exhibition space as they
would usually convert privately owned “public” space. LAbased designer
Dust will exhibit handmade feather jewelry that is both feminine and

On July 25th, Jesse will host an opening reception for her exhibition.
Quiksilver team riders and skateboarding legends will be testing out
Jesse’s first mobile skate ramp live during the event. siteLA’s resident
filmmaker Mariah Garnett will screen a skate video co-produced by Jesse
Rodato featuring Quiksilver team riders Alex Olsen and Danny Garcia
alongside the high school students who have helped with Jesse’s project.
Quiksilver skater Danny Garcia and his band Mothers Sons will be
performing live on the “Gibson Stage” at siteLA. Complimentary beverages
will be provided by Peroni, Barefoot Wines and Function.