© André Wallace

Roller Skating Girl – Who is She

Roller Skating Girl during BLM March London
© Craig Jiggy / Jiggy Creationz 2020
I’ve passed the “Roller Skating Girl” sculpture on so many occasions and I’ve always been drawn to it.
Maybe it’s the way she appears to be calm and effortlessly frozen in motion. It makes me think of skating freely with the wind in my face. That freedom and feel of flying.
Her clench fist shows grit and determination. Strong like many of the roller girls in our team of #CreativePeopleOnWheels.
She’s even sparked of many of a creative idea in me…. #WarningCreationzInProgress.
So who is this girl? I’ve wondered for over the years and to answer the question, and the following skate by the piece during a Black Lives Matter march past, I reached out to Anderé Wallice, creator of this sculpture and “The Whisperer”  for the answer.

From André

When I contacted André, I shared my photo of myself next to Roller Skating Girl during a BLM march in London. I expressed my feeling towards the piece, and if she was (as I interpreted) possibly being of black heritage.
He responded kindly with “I’m really pleased you feel so positively toward the Roller skater especially in connection with Black Lives Matter.”
André continued
“Originally when asked to come up with ideas for the sculpture I drew on the community feel of Morton Street, the presence of the school and I wanted to introduce the notion of ‘Play’.  I wanted to create a sculpture which was positive and dynamic and reflected the youth and vitality of an urban street. I wanted to represent a girl/woman with independence and attitude. The sculpture was not based on one particular person but appeared through my imagination and past experience and observations.”

Rubble

During a recent studio clear-out, André the original plaster for the Bronze cast was broken down.
©André Wallace
Interestingly, the timely nature of this post means this image lends itself to the debate around taking down and defacing of historical monuments. Although is post is nothing more than the story of the Roller Skating Girl.
Thanks and Blessings go out to André for his thoughts and images.
#StayHumble #StayCreative #KeepItJiggy

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Skate Love Barcelona ’16

The R0ll Jiggy squad are back from the BCN Rollerdance 2016 installment of Skate Love Barcelona.

We joined fellow skaters from Germany, UK, Netherlands and across the globe to come together in a colorful mix of people who combine their passion for roller skating with music, dance and art.

Take a brief look at some of the weekend’s event in pictures.

Opening Night on the Catwalk

#TeamJiggy presented the UK’s DJ Dr Drew’s Prescription Sound to the BCN audience and joined forces with fellow skate DJs Rollers Hi-Fi (Germany) and DJ Bart (France) in the booth to create an awesome vibe on the opening night.

As Seen On Jiggy (ASOJ)…

You can have your own piece of Jiggy Wear as featured in some of the photos in this gallery! Some designs are also available as Tote Bags, note books, phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards and even postcards which you can send to your loved ones whilst travelling with your skates. You can find them via our Shop or by visiting our Redbubble store.

Your body needs art - RedBubble

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