Skate Sculpture is an Australian owned and operated skatepark design and construction company, dedicated to the continual growth of skateboarding and BMX communities throughout Australia through the roll out of well-designed and quality-built skate and associated wheeled activities facilities.
Founded by skateboarders and long-term friends Tim Yuen and Mat de Koning in 2010, Skate Sculpture is proudly skateboarder owned and operated and active in advocacy of innovative skate facilities to shires, councils and town planners throughout Australia.
With a constantly growing portfolio of successfully completed projects, the Skate Sculpture team has evolved to include landscape architects, filmmakers, project managers and highly experienced skatepark builders so as to allow the offering of complete project services from community consultation, through to planning, detailed design, construction, activation and documentation. Skate Sculpture’s full-service approach ensures continual quality assurance for the project through efficient internal communication and experienced handover.
Through their advocacy efforts and community outreach they have been able to deliver quality design and construction solutions and that have become concrete reality. From the Planning Institute of Australia award winning Forrestfield Youth Plaza (2015) to the Parks and Leisure Australia national award-winning Newdegate Skatepark (2019), Skate Sculpture pride themselves in creating innovative skate facilities on the cutting edge of modern skatepark design.
Tim Yuen is the principal designer at Skate Sculpture, having designed many of WA’s most acclaimed skateparks including Port Kennedy, Forrestfield, York, Singleton and the recently completed Bina Parklands Skate Plaza (Balga).
Beginning skateboarding at the age of four, Tim is still an active skateboarder who frequently skates the parks he designs. This extra invested interest gives him the utmost dedication in ensuring Skate Sculpture designs reach full functionality, whilst positively contributing to the diversification of the Australian skatepark landscape.
Tim also oversees all aspects of the construction process, working closely with the client, design, and construction team to ensure all projects are completed on budget, within scope and up to code. He also likes to help on site with the construction team when extra hands are needed.
When he isn’t designing, building, or riding skateparks, Tim is strongly involved with the youth community on a regular basis. He volunteers at Beyond Skate to coach young emerging skateboarders, plus the adults only sessions on Thursday nights to help grownups find their feet on a skateboard. Tim also programs activities for the West Australian Juvenile Arthritis Camp, which he has been attending since he was 6 years old and programming for the past 15 years.
Mat de Koning strives to harness community involvement in all Skate Sculpture projects. Having won the City of Bayswater Active Young Citizen of the Year Award and the West Australian Young Filmmaker of the Year Award, Mat uses filmmaking, public speaking and event coordination to advocate for positive change in the ongoing development of skateboarding facilities.
As part of his ongoing advocacy work, Mat has documented innovative public spaces and international skateboarding competitions throughout Australia, the U.K, Europe and North America. His public spaces documentary Share Path Skate Path received high praise from the Tony Hawk Foundation for its effectiveness in communicating an important youth issue. He has since been invited to speak about public space creation at various national events and institutions including RMIT, Curtin University, Pecha Kucha and the Planning Institute of Australia’s Young Planners Convention.
As a founder of Skate Sculpture and co-designer of all Skate Sculpture facilities, Mat uses his background in skateboarding advocacy to ensure all Skate Sculpture projects are aligned with a forward-thinking vision for the greater good of skatepark implementation.
Mat has also spent over six months working in regional indigenous communities teaching filmmaking and skateboarding skills. He directed the multiple award-winning feature length documentary Meal Tickets and sits on the board for the West Australian Skateboarding Association.
Brad Felton brings many years and a broad range of landscape architectural project experience to the Skate Sculpture team. Brad holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from UWA and has worked interstate and internationally as a landscape architect and skatepark designer learning from some of the best in the industry along the way.
In 2008, Brad joined Canada’s premium skatepark design company New Line Skateparks and gained significant experience with an immense number of world class skatepark projects located throughout Canada, the USA, South America and Sweden. With over 12 years’ experience in skatepark design, Brad has been able to apply this experience to continually develop skateparks in Australia through his partnership at Skate Sculpture.
Through a broad design and project management experience with skatepark, playground and public open space design, coupled with comprehensive drafting, Autocad and 3d modelling technical abilities, as well as a passion for diverse, creative and positive skate friendly community spaces, Brad is able to bring high quality and industry standard methods for deliverables and information management throughout the entire project timeline.
Brad likes to give all Skate Sculpture designed and constructed skateparks a roll before final sign off to ensure they meet his high standards of quality. When he’s not advancing the Australian skatepark landscape, Brad makes psychedelic electronic music and cooks a mean BBQ!
Joschka Poracky grew up skateboarding in Germany where he completed a diploma in drafting. He moved to Western Australia in 2010 where he is a father of two. Josch has been a part of the Skate Sculpture team since 2015, assisting in community consultations, youth events and consulting on Skate Sculpture designs.
After building a series of backyard skateparks and running his own paving business for seven years, Josch became a subcontractor on the construction of several West Australian skateparks including Banksia Grove, Northam, Lathlain and the Skate Sculpture designed Port Kennedy Skatepark.
Josch’s qualification in drafting, multifaceted construction skill set, leadership qualities, understanding of the skatepark design process and all-round love for skateboarding are the attributes that led to Josch becoming the Skate Sculpture Construction Foreman.
When he’s not involved in the design and construction of skateparks, Josch can regularly be found skating the parks he helps create, smith grinding rails with immaculate execution and ensuring the ongoing quality of all Skate Sculpture facilities for the greater good of the Australian Skate and BMX community!