Jonathan Rentschler’s photo book “LOVE” is now available for pre-order through Paradigm Publishing and this short film is promoting the book documenting the last days of LOVE Park and the destruction of the plaza.
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.