Art As well as the territory of this year's Biennial, the accompanying booklet also highlights "annual commissions", artworks created by the Biennial as part of their community outreach. Koo Jeong A's Evertro is a key of example of the approach, a fully functional "wheels" park just on the edge of Everton's lung for the use of local people which also fits within the artist's usual interests and processes.
Finding the wheels park was surprisingly easy, a 19 bus to a stop outside Everton Park, a walk to the concrete pathway which presents on the most picturesque views of the city, followed by asking for directions from some overalled gentlemen in a white van directing me to wander down the hill towards St Anne's Street. Afterwards, it was easier to continue walking on into town than back up to the bus stop. And cheaper.
Typically, I visited the sculpture at its least presentable moment, what with its key asset being an ability to glow in the dark and finding myself standing on the edge in the early afternoon. But it still feels like a more developed, thought through design than you might expect from a skate park, with definite curves and triangles and death defying dips in the middle. Walking the park and stepping between the shapes I pondered how dangerous it must be,
The only visitors were two boys on bicycles, just at the moment when I was trying to take some photographs of the site. They'd not seen this public information film. Luckily I have.
"Hey, mate, are you playing Pokemon?" they shouted.
"No." I replied abruptly.
"Do you play Pokemon?"
"What are you doin'?"
At which point I gathered my things and ushered myself away as quickly as possible.