While skating at the undercroft this week, the LLSB team asked to interview me for the campaign. They wanted to know what skateboarding and the undercroft meant to me, to which I responded: 'individuality'. This is the essence of the undercroft; to each person that uses it, the space means something completely different.
Just as there are different styles of music, fashion and art, there are different styles of skateboarding; different ways of 'seeing' the same obstacle, different ideas about what tricks could be possible on the same piece of architecture.
To a young kid, the undercroft might be the very first place they encountered skateboarding (helped by it's public visibility) and started to make the transition from pedestrian to skateboarder. To a teenager, it's a place to skate all year round for free, a place to meet new friends, try new tricks and skate alongside professionals.
To pros, it's a place to practice, a place to shoot photos for magazines and film new lines for videos. To passers-by, it's a window into a subculture that they may not have experienced before; an authentic representation of something that cannot be replicated by a purpose built 'urban' space (in fact the very use of the word 'urban' is usually a sign that an organisation has misunderstood the practice of the world that it's trying to replicate).