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Getting Even With Gravity


This ArtPrize piece is a black and white photograph, enlarged, placed in a black, white-oak, wooded frame. This exciting and dramatic photo captures the athletic skill of defining gravity in a moment of time, by freeze-framing a picture from 1979 of a skateboarder at the beginning of a new extreme sport - born out of surfing. The iconic photo was taken right here in the Greater Grand Rapids Area in 1979 at Astro Speedway Skateboard Park, located in Jenison, Michigan. The park was founded and built, by the artist Von Doxtater and captures a young and fearless 23-year-old skateboarder, Billy Hobbs, flying up and out of a large 12-foot deep, 36-foot keyhole pool. It was America's 1st all concrete indoor skateboard park, the first in the country, and quite possibly the world. Just another historical first for West Michigan, besides, "The Snurfer," and the first ski resort to allow snowboards to ride downhill, "Pando Ski Resort,' thanks largely to Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards. The action photograph was shot in black and white on film and was taken by Von Doxtater's staff photographer, 16-year-old Glori Van Beek, using a Pentax camera with flash. It is a large piece, 5 feet x 8 feet in size. It is designed for indoor or outdoor display.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Ink, Paper, Wood. VynlCanvas,
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 6 feet