Proceeds to Build Atlanta Skate Park for Kids
Friday, November 02, 2007

Along with a number of other prominent national artists, Todd McFarlane and Adventures of SPAWN artist Khary Randolph both have contributed skateboard decks as part of an upcoming exhibit and auction to benefit the Swift-Cantrell Skate Park near Atlanta.

The City of Kennesaw, Ga. has approved the addition of a skate park in Phase II of the master plan for the 42-acre public park, which will also feature an amphitheater, picnic area, aquatic center, dog park, playground and walking trails. Swift-Cantrell will be the only public skate park within 30 miles.

To raise funds for the park, officials are working with Atlanta's Foundation One Gallery, creating an exhibit featuring the work of well-known national and international artists on blank skateboard decks. After the gallery showing, the boards will be auctioned, with all funds going directly to the skate park fund.

"There are no skate parks in our area," says Zak Cochran, Swift-Cantrell Skatepark Board Member. "And with an estimated 12,000 skaters in our county, there is a huge unmet need. We were tired of the same old fundraisers, so we decided to do something a little different."

And the body of work is impressive.
"We've been overwhelmed by the generosity of the arts community," continues Cochran. "Artists that we never even expected to return our call were lining up to participate."
Todd loved the idea, and readily lent his considerable talents for the cause. "Being a parent myself, I am all about having places in the community where kids can go to have fun," he says. "To be able to have some fun of my own and do some cool artwork in order to contribute towards this skate park was an easy decision for me."
The opportunity gave Randolph the chance to exercise his artistic muscle.

"It was an honor and a pleasure to work on this skate deck," says Randolph. "It was also an absolute nightmare, since I hadn't picked up a paintbrush in about 11 years. So, I was super-rusty, AND I still had about a million SPAWN pages due at the same time. So, yeah - an honor and a pleasure. And don't forget nightmare."

You can preview the decks online here.

The online auction begins Saturday, Nov. 24.

To read more about Swift-Cantrell Park, go here.

Visit Khary Randolph's Web site here.

To read The Adventures of SPAWN, go here.