Anywhere, Midwest -- We were lucky enough to score an interview with Jade, the park crew digger who seems to be changing the game. Considered lazy by some and revolutionary by others, he has been able to seamlessly merge avant-garde art with the maintenance of a terrain park. We asked him a few questions about his breathtakingly influential pieces.
The Good Ski Post: You've received quite a bit of criticism in the past for some of your designs. How do you deal with this for your latest installment, the buried down rail?
Jade: The buried down rail was an idea I had been working on for some time. I was getting zooted in the woods during my shift when I came up with it. It is meant to represent the ennui that exists in all of us. Also, it shows the fleeting nature of complacency as the world continually changes around you despite man’s best efforts to resist.
GSP: Your latest work, the flat rail with no lip, has caught some flack. How do you respond to this?
Jade: I look around and just see lips on to rails as, like, restrictive man. The powers that be want you to hit a rail dead on and do a trick. This was a rejection of that.
GSP: Probably your most controversial piece was your month-long installment of a closed sign on the last jump. What was this for?
Jade: It symbolized how we as a society become closed off as people. Like, sit down, stand up, take some bunk molly and ski man. It’s not that hard. The jump will be open soon enough, and it's already looking perfectly shaped.
Jade can be found at myriad parks through the midwest and northeast.
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