Preservation NOT Relocation: Save Southbank Undercroft

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a petition to save Southbank Skate Park!


Christmas eve in the rain and cold saw young passionate skaters and artists manning a stall on the banks of the river Thames protesting the closure of an iconic London space that is being given up for capitalist goodness – shops! They sat on this festive evening beneath that grey sky, and amongst German Christmas stalls, bratwurst, mulled wine and fancy cheeses in the hope that the enthusiastic shoppers would also show enthusiasm for their cause and join forces against the money making machines.

Like London needs more shops? This is another raging tale of a love-hate relationship that has existed between businesses and skateboarders since the rise of the sport in the late 70’s. The Southbank undercroft is a world famous ‘unofficial’ skatepark next to the Royal Albert Festival Hall and has grown totally organically from an unused and otherwise pointless space. It started as a spot of ingenuity and casual play and has turned into a portrait of the skateboarding subculture  – arguably making it one of the most iconic skate spots globally.

Regardless of this widely shared opinion, the council seeks to replace this graffiti covered spot that hosts the spirit of its users deep in the walls, with a council-designed and far less exciting spot underneath a nearby bridge. Do they really think years of history can just be moved? Years of love, friendship building, learning and laughing can just be relocated?

“More than anything… this represents a war on spontaneity” – Vice Magazine.

If you agree that this is absurd and unfair – a crime against art and cultural identity then please keep the conversation rolling. Repost, retweet, share the below film, start conversations on the theme and get an urban revolution rolling!!!

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This entry was published on December 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm. It’s filed under London, Politics, Sport, Street Art and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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