LOVE, Jonathan Rentschler book cover. Love Park Philadelphia. Skateboarding
  • 176 pages / 117 photographs / 8.25” x 11”
  • Hardcover / duotone offset printing
  • Introduction by Mark Suciu
  • First edition of 400
  • ISBN: 978-0-9986061-0-1
  • Printed in Iceland

LOVE, Jonathan Rentschler

Regular price $85

LOVE follows the last generation of LOVE Park inhabitants and reveals life as it was within this notorious urban plaza. The images, gathered over a three-year span, tell the story of a deeply rooted community shadowed by a police state and a biased city government.

Ultimately the victim of urban revitalization, the park closed in February 2016 for a $16 million complete renovation. But the diehard locals refused to leave, continuing to skate the plaza even as it turned to rubble. In the end, LOVE is a narrative about loss.

 

LOVE Park (1965-2016), also known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, was located in the center of Philadelphia. Architect Vincent Kling drafted the mid-century urban design, which was then implemented by city planner Edmund Bacon. Although it was not designed for skateboarding, the plaza was host to a wave of skateboarders who first discovered its granite expanses as early as the 1980s. It was raised to global renown in the late ’90s with a surge of media coverage. Today, LOVE Park is remembered as one of the foremost landmarks of street skateboarding.

**Signed Edition comes with 8" x 10" fiber based silver gelatin print. Edition of 20 

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