The wheel has been turning since the age of civilization out of necessity. Wheels on a cart make things easier to carry. Over time the wheel improved but the concept stayed the same. Circular to linear motion creates endless motion as long as the wheel keeps spinning. Mankind’s desire for speed depended entirely on the wheel, and it is no surprise that this functional tool would be fundamental to all things kinetic. As functional as wheeled transportation is, function is based on design, and design considers aesthetic and style.  The first engine looked like a bicycle. The first motorcycle was a chopper. As primitive as the technology may seem, the world revolves around wheels.
     The vehicles are works of fine art and tools for transportation and entertainment. Why is it fun to go fast? Why does spending time in the air feel so good? The danger is worth the risk for some. But not all. The select few that prefer to use the wheel in unconventional ways, like Sam Helwig, seem to have the most fun getting around. And we all get around.




The SMFA Skate Sculpture Club was officially organized in 2017, though the idea was not a new one. The original Skate Sculpture Club was a concept conceived years ago. It received funding from the school, but for reasons unknown the club dismantled before it ever had a single skate session. After a year of waiting for a skate scene to start up, it seemed nobody was making it happen.
      In my second year, I felt the need to be involved in an active skateboard and artist community, something I expected every art school to have. But there was seemingly none at SMFA. So it was formed by those that did skate, those that were interested, and those who liked the cause. They dedicated their blood, sweat, and tears into building a skateboard community of their own.
      Skate Sculpture Club has been hosting weekly skate sessions every week for the past 3 years, with no signs of stopping in the years to come. As of now, there is a skateboarding artist community at SMFA, and the members are responsible for that. The work is about the skating, the meetings, the members of the club and the times shared. This is an attempt to document the history and social impact that the club has had on the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
      The sculptures pictured for this catalog are capable of achieving great speed.

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