RISK Recreates Iconic Venice Pavilion For “Beyond The Streets”

RISK Recreates Iconic Venice Pavilion

Legendary artist RISK recently curated an installation for a must-see art exhibit in Los Angeles called Beyond The Streets.

Paying homage to L.A. and his graffiti roots, RISK resurrected one of the most iconic destinations in skateboarding history -- the Venice Pavilion (aka "Venice Pit") -- which he recreated for an installation at the show, in partnership with Adidas Skateboarding.

The iconic Venice Beach site was known as one of the original birthplaces of street-style skateboarding, while also introducing East Coast subway-style graffiti to the West Coast.

Up above is an original photo of the Venice Pit. Check out RISK’s recreation below.

RISK x Beyond The Streets

RISK's exhibit at Beyond The Streets / Credit: John Pangilinan

In the early 2000s, the Venice Pavilion was demolished and renovated, removing a piece of cultural history.

RISK created not one, but two pieces for Beyond The Streets. The other installation served as a statement against police brutality.

Inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Natural History,” the graff legend dipped an actual police car in formaldehyde and then sliced it “like bacon.” RISK says the piece calls out police for patrolling the hood like sharks.

Take a look at RISK's creation below.

To see both of RISK's pieces in person, along with pieces from a wide range of respected artists, visit Beyond The Streets, which is open from now until Aug. 26th. Visit the official website for details.