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Artist Recreates Hometown Neighborhood Out of Cardboard

On view right now at Rice Gallery in Houston: an creatively re-imagined replica of what one South Los Angeles city block looked like when artist Ana Serrano was growing up there. The storefronts and houses, with details as particular as shingles, Spanish tiles, potted plants, colorful signage, and various types of fencing, are made entirely out of cardboard; "the medium also captures the ephemerality of these neighborhoods, where no structure is permanent and a real-life stucco box could disappear at a developer's whim," observes Co.Design, who runs photos today. (Note to cardboard-obsessed architect Shigeru Ban: this stuff looks good, right?) Anyway, click over for a look.

· An Almost Life-Sized Version Of L.A., Done Totally In Cardboard [Co.Design]
· Ana Serrano [official site]