Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 18, 2014

Fave shot – colourful La Friche skatepark, Marseille France

Wandering around the unique city of Marseille last year, I was curious to learn more about La Friche, a distinct art co-operative:

Marseille - La Friche skatepark

What I did not expect is that La Friche pushes the boundaries of an art space – it does have a traditional building with offices for arts organizations, exhibition spaces and events, but also has a cafe, garden, live-in studio spaces and an endless offering of graffiti.

This former tobacco manufacturing plant sits in one of the poorer areas of the city, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an island from its community. La Friche put in the skatepark for the locals, mainly kids and teenagers, who come daily to use the benches, ramps and stairs for showing off their board tricks.

And the graffiti – since the building had been abandoned for a number of years, it became a canvas. And when La Friche took it over, they decided to leave it and embrace it. Recycling, reusing, practical, fun, cultural, inspiring – La Friche and its multiple offerings is all that for the artists who work here and the neighbours who play here.

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