Bercy Arena. Ink on Canvas. 11" x 17".
In 1982, the City launched a vast program to revitalize the east of Paris, starting with the official opening in early 1984 of the Bercy Arena (originally known as ‘Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy’), which is primarily an indoor sports arena and concert hall. But as skateboarders, it’s this aspect of Bercy’s architecture that specifically interests us. You might have heard of the name “Bercy” being thrown around as one of those legendary European spots on the list of every visiting American pro, or even remember Andrew Reynold’s superhuman frontside flip down the Bercy 4 block (and his even more ridiculous backside heel down the 5). Or of course you may recall Jeremie Daclin's board slide fearless board slide down one of the hubbas. Bercy has seen some very significant moments in skateboarding history and deserves its place in skateboarding’s rich cultural history. Historically, Bercy is primarily a wine warehousing neighborhood. Unfortunately, the Bercy complex is now truly part of skateboarding’s history books in a very literal sense because the arena has been renovated removing the famous block sets and rendering it mostly unskateable.
Part of an on-going series titled "Boarding Pass". "Boarding Pass" is a series of Posters celebrating some of Skateboarding's most iconic, beloved, and amazing skate spots, world wide.