Gabriel Orozco’s charity skateboard collaboration

Sales of Gabriel Orozco’s skateboard decorated with Black Kites will benefit displaced children and women’s educational programmes in refugee camps near Athens

Gabriel Orozco and The Skateroom’s Black Kites skateboard, $350
Gabriel Orozco and The Skateroom’s Black Kites skateboard, $350

When one of his lungs collapsed in 1996, Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco was faced with his own mortality. During his recovery, he painstakingly created Black Kites, a human skull covered in a graphite chequerboard pattern, which seems to nod both to the European tradition of the memento mori and the popular decorative skull art of Mexico.

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This year, to raise money for charity, Orozco has collaborated with art skateboard maker The Skateroom to create an edition of 150 boards decorated with the Black Kites motif. The boards can either be mounted as a piece of wall art or ridden and each costs $350. Twenty per cent of proceeds goes to Free Movement Skateboarding, a non-profit organisation that works with displaced children – and supports women’s educational programmes – in refugee camps near Athens.

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