Fluid Dynamics

Street Murals by Kipp Kobayashi, in Alondra ParkLawndale, CA

Street Murals by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Alondra Park, Lawndale - Fluid Dynamics
Street Murals by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Alondra Park, Lawndale - Fluid DynamicsStreet Murals by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Alondra Park, Lawndale - Fluid DynamicsStreet Murals by Kipp Kobayashi seen at Alondra Park, Lawndale - Fluid Dynamics
Image credit: William Short Photography
Skateboarding has its roots in 1950s California when surfers first got the notion to “surf the streets” and although it has since experienced an independent evolution, the two cultures remain strongly linked. I began to look at images of skateboarders doing various moves and tricks and their relationship to the surfaces on which they were skating. In particular, I began focusing on the shadows they projected onto the ground and how they appear to hover, fly and even transform shape. Using this as a departure point, I composed a pattern from the projected silhouettes of the local skaters, as if tracking the history of those who had used the park. As I layered them into a composition, they began to resemble the reflection patterns found on the surface of water. This pattern was then projected life-size over the horizontal surface of the skate park. From within the park, one has the impression that the entire deck is full of blue rippling water spilling out from the bowls while the individual silhouettes imply moves that skaters attempt to emulate.

Meet the Creator

"As an artist and urban designer, Kipp Kobayashi has a keen interest in the nature of human interaction in our public environments and is in constant search for ways to initiate dialogue and to promote sociability within these spaces. His work explores how these overlapping narrative threads merge with the physical characteristics of a specific environment, transforming them into living and unique entities composed of our thoughts, actions and experiences.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Kobayashi has created projects and presented ideas for cities across the nation and for such organizations as the Getty Museum, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Sound Transit and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In addition, he is an elected member of the Public Art Network Advisory Council which provides recommendations and insight to Americans for the Arts for the development and execution of public art services and resources. Based in Los Angeles, he received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the University of Southern California and has taught extensively in the Urban and Regional Planning department at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design.

Contact: info@kippkobayashi.com"

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