Dioramas can be those scenes from history you carefully crafted with Popsicle sticks and Elmer's glue, or they can be this, by sculptor/model maker/photographer Randy Hage.


Hage gets some deserved attention in the Metropolitan section of tomorrow's New York Times, which tells of his love of classic storefronts and efforts to preserve their memory against the onslaught of Starbucks and Duane Reades.
At first I thought some of the images in the paper were photos of the original storefonts, they looked so realistic, but they are all pix of his model miniatures (click through the images on his site for widescreen closeups). The true test would be to see them up close, but his upcoming show is in California, and I am not. So for now...