In­spi­ra­tional art­work for new-look skate park

‘Although some of the char­ac­ters crash, oth­ers are ready to help’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The Sk8­side Youth Cen­tre has been given a re­vamp with its very own doo­dle-inspired art­work by artist Sam Cox.

He has cre­ated car­toon char­ac­ters crash­ing, ramp riders, and snap­shots of Ash­ford in a new mu­ral and on the skate ramps in Tan­nery Lane af­ter young­sters put for­ward their ideas.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil com­mis­sioned Doo­dle Man Sam to cre­ate the in­spir­ing de­signs to go on the side of the large ramp and to cre­ate the new Sk8­side sign.

He said: “It has been great fun cre­at­ing the art­work for Sk8­side. Some of the themes I fea­tured in the mu­ral in­clude char­ac­ters sup­port­ing one another and learn­ing how to ride skate­boards to­gether.

“Although some of the char­ac­ters ap­pear to crash and hurt them­selves, oth­ers are stood nearby ready to help.

“This il­lus­trates the strong bond­ing side that is part of Sk8­side.

“I hope I have inspired them to get cre­ative and maybe even try some doo­dling them­selves.”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cul­ture port­fo­lio holder Jes­samy Blan­ford has praised 21-year-old Sam’s work.

Cllr Blan­ford said: “The pro­ject was a won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween young peo­ple and a lo­cal artist. It is fan­tas­tic to see how the ideas sug­gested have been trans­lated into a trendy mu­ral.”

Sk8­side di­rec­tor Si­mon Woods added: “The art­work is vis­ually stun­ning and clev­erly re­flects what Ash­ford means to young peo­ple, and the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a great lo­cal skate park.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

Pic­ture: Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil

Ten­ter­den artist Sam Cox has de­signed doo­dle art­works for Sk8­side skate park in Ash­ford

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