MACBA Is The Place To Skate

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We went down to the famed spot outside the gallery to document the skaters at play.

Despite the relatively modest sets of steps and ledges – none of which were designed for skating – the space outside the Museu D’Art Contemporani in Barcelona is renowned as any skate park, if not more so, having been cited as “one of the most well-known and respected places for modern skateboarding.”

Officially, skating is only allowed on Tuesdays and Sundays after 2:30pm, but in classic Catalan fashion these rules are rarely enforced. And that lack of enforcement is a beautiful reminder of how well people can self-regulate when left to their own devices, MACBA’s friendly atmosphere is proof of this.

In a hectic, touristy city like Barcelona, MACBA offers respited. There’s no-one trying to coerce you to cash in off ticket sales, you’re not interrupted by street sellers trying to flog whatever tat they’ve got on the go that day, it’s just people hanging out in a place they enjoy doing exactly what they love.