Saturday, April 17, 2010
This grainy photo is of Leeside, a guerrilla built skateboard park which exists underneath the Cassiar Connector along Hastings in between Burnaby and Vancouver. The park is named Leeside after Lee Matasi, who was fatally shot in 2005 outside the Red Room. After Matasi's death, the park became a living memorial. In direct contrast to the passive memorials we've discussed in class, this site is active. It draws skateboarders oblivious to the context surrounding the park, but as it does so, continues to inform people about Matasi.