Drew Leshko’s Miniature Sculptures Are Utterly Mind-Boggling – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

Drew Leshko’s Miniature Sculptures Are Utterly Mind-Boggling

Paper sculptor Drew Leshko carves, cuts, and layers paper and wood, in an attempt to recreate the world around him. His intricate sculptures explore the architecture of his neighborhood – a sort of three-dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. As such, his work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving – a critique about how society is constantly (and most often thoughtlessly) disposing of its past.

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“I’ve always been interested in documentary studies in art, capturing moments in time regardless of media,” said the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist in an interview with The Daily Mini. “My project with the buildings in my neighborhood is just that, a documentary project or archiving project.”

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Working from observation and photographs, Leshko painstakingly recreates building facades from his neighborhood at a 1:12 scale. The minute detail of his work includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets. Accumulations of typically overlooked details and minutiae like acid rain deposits and rust become beautiful adornments.

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“There is something inside of me that pushes me to take on these works, but I can’t identify what that is,” he admits.

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