Miniature Recreations of Philadelphia’s Decaying Architecture

Drew Leshko is preserving a slice of Philadelphia history that would otherwise go unnoticed or get torn down by the city’s powers that be.

“The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving,” reads a statement on the artist’s blog. Dollhouse-size paper and wood recreations of sticker-clad dumpsters, graffiti-covered walls, and porn theaters help us determine the answers Leshko hopes we will ponder. Philadelphia, like many cities, is sacrificing parts of its culture in the name of the almighty dollar. In this way, Leshko’s works are “documentary studies” of a community in transition — and communities that will soon be lost.

This found a great home.

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"Clean Bandit" #papersculpture #thinkspacefamily #thinkspacegallery #drewleshko

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Paper ice machine. Love this dude

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Touch ups before traveling to Delaware

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Hope to see as many of you as possible tonight at the Painted Bride from 5-7.

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Trying to mount the last signs.

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Opening next week. "Good Neighbors" at the Berman Museum… I'll have 6 works shown, some old some new

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Some touch ups before travel. @scopeartshow

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