The Thing About Skateboarding and Landscape Architecture

Janne Saario Second Nature Skateboard Landscape Architecture

Janne Saario Second Nature Skateboard Landscape Architecture

When Janne Saario says “there’s just me, material, and physics” you might think he’s talking about how he feels on a skateboard, but he isn’t. Saario is a professional skateboarder from Finland, but recently he’s undertaken landscape design and has finished a handful of skateparks across northern Europe. But his quote also isn’t about the sculptural forms he’s created in places like the Steel Park in Lulea, Sweden either. Instead, it’s about his time spent in rural Finland at a summer cottage where he spends the warmer months hunting, gathering, and sometimes finding dead birds.

For two years, filmmaker and skateboard enthusiast Yves Marchon followed Saario taking video and then editing it into a twenty minute video called Second Nature. The documentary stresses what makes Saario’s skateparks unique: his unusual attention to details that matter not only to the folks who will skate around the compound curves or inside the giant steel ladle, but also the folks who live around the park and a maybe even the woodland creatures that would like to cross the park without dying. It’s a great glimpse at a pretty fascinating person, and even if you don’t like skateboarding, or you spend the entire time wondering how so many people have that kind of balance, you might just like this video.