Oil on Panel
36" x 45"
The legendary Sk8 Liborius in St. Louis, Missouri, a beacon of skateboarding and BMX culture, tragically burnt to the ground on Wednesday, June 28th, 2023. This extraordinary structure, with a history spanning over 150 years, stood as a sanctuary for art, music, and skateboarding, serving as a vibrant center for creative education and personal growth.
Nestled within this historic edifice, Sk8 Liborius offered an unprecedented platform for individuals from all walks of life to come together, learn, and empower themselves. This unique space, brimming with exhilaration and vibrancy, was more than a skatepark - it was a forge for talent, an incubator for artistic expression, and a cornerstone for community development. It pulsed with energy, resonating with the beats of new music, the scrape of skateboards, and the silent dialogue of artistry in motion. All aimed towards the singular vision of fostering personal growth and contributing positively to the community.
Chronicling the spirit of Sk8 Liborius before the tragic fire, is Brian DePauli's exceptional ode to the illustrious building. This expansive 36" x 45" painting, masterfully rendered in oil on panel, is a sweeping tribute to the skate culture that thrived within the historic walls of the St. Louis landmark.
DePauli encapsulates the essence of skate culture within the work, immortalizing its vibrant, eclectic spirit. It stands as a testament to the unique energy and passion that flowed through Sk8 Liborius, capturing the heart and soul of a truly special place in St. Louis's cultural tapestry. This masterful portrayal pays homage to a space that was more than just a building - it was a symbol of unity, creativity, and transformation, deeply interwoven with the lives of countless individuals it touched.