LOVE, Jonathan Rentschler
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
In the press:
- 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