One of our pillars in fingerboarding has always been, and will always be, make it realistic. That is why ‘Money Plaza’ is a square which could be in the street.
The mosaic was very important in this park because we had never seen it in any other fingerpark. ALP, 2010, €, $ and, self centred, El Apoderao left his mark.
We also liked the idea of a real Bonsai in the middle of the fingerpark. In particular, this is a Bonsai of a Ficus which is able to grow half a metre tall. A lot of years must pass, but imagine it in the middle of the park.
‘Money Plaza’ came from the idea of a Bonsai in the middle of the park and a pot around which is useful to do tricks. The ledge of the pot is 5 centimetres in width, which allows lipslide, boardslides and manuals.
Another idea came from the pot, to create a symmetric fingerpark to offer left-handed and right-handed the same opportunities of doing tricks.
There are two double-sets of stairs counting five steps. These stairs are 22 centimetres long, which is relatively long for fingerboarding.
The handrails of the stairs are 25 centimetres long and the material slides without wax. That length of grind allows you to do combos.
Kicker are quite wide and long enough to pop nollie and fakie. It also gives you the possibility to grind the pot, pass the gap between kicker or anything that goes through your mind.
Finally, all the park is thought to have enough space to roll the fingerboard when you are going to pop and fall tricks down.
For the curious who want to know how is made this fingerpark, I am going to explain you. This is not easy, neither cheap. But we wanted to do something different and it entered in our budget. If you enter in that requirements, I highly recommend you to make it.
I wanted to make a fingerpark with 2×2 centimetres stones since a long time ago, and going further, make a mosaic with those mini stones. Between my egocentrism and my ambition, this is the mosaic I made. This mosaic is me.
Firstly, the structure of the park is made of DM and covered with veneer plies. DM is cheap and ugly, that is why I covered with veneer plies. This combination finally costs the same than buying another quality wood, but it looked more original to me in this way.
Then the ledge of the pot is made of concrete and covered with a layer of MTN94 Grey.
The kickers are made with wood of 0.5 centimetres. I did it with a marquetry saw, but you can do it with the classic school saw. Pythagoras Theory comes very good to calculate the exactly sizes of the kickers.
Last point, we did not make the handrails because we do not have the tools for that. So we ordered them to professionals of this works. We simply gave a sketch, kind of material and the diameter of the stick.
We always try to keep coherence, cohesion and deep in our details. We are not artists, but this is what we like.
You can see the veneer wood is red and maple. Okay, the red wood is 1/3 part of the total area and the maple wood is 2/3 parts of the total area.
It is not coincidence that there are 5 stairs, neither that there is a red wood in the middle of the stairs with 5 centimetres long, neither that on the stairs there are dollar and euro signs.
‘Money is always on my mind’…