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.
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.”
“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.”
During a recent studio clear-out, André the original plaster for the Bronze cast was broken down.
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)…
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