Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Miniature Manhattan storefronts!

Los Angeles artist Randy Hage is trying to preserve New York’s iconic past — one miniature storefront at a time.  He is a model maker for the film and TV industry.

These are absolutely amazing!  It's hard to tell the real storefront from the model that Randy Hage crafted.

“When I first started this series, my work was inspired and driven by the iconic visual elements of the structures and by my desire to document them before they were gone,” he explains. “My reasons for pursuing this project have changed as time has passed. Now it is more about honoring and remembering what was/is behind the façade… the people and the soul of the city.”

Thank you Randy Hage for your creative and thoughtful work.  You have truly captured the flavor of what Manhattan is/was!   These quaint mom and pop stores will be a thing of the past.   I have to quote Joni Mitchell and say  "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

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