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2004 Poster: Onondaga Lake


Item#: 2004SYR02

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Onondaga Lake

poster information


Onondaga Lake
Shoreline; a nesting hotbed.
Make way for goslings

The inspiration for this came to me in the spring, when the County puts up those signs along the parkway: Watch Out for Baby Geese. You see deer crossing signs, and you see horse crossing signs, but to see one for baby geese—it's different.

Whenever I see those signs, I hope that people do slow down. I mean, goslings are so darned cute. It's always a shame when they grow a little older. They're just gangly and awkward, like a teenager. They're not a cute fuzzy gosling anymore. And as full adults they can be nasty. When I go biking along the Erie Canal—man, they're intimidating!

I live in Syracuse, so I've gone to Onondaga Lake Park ever since I was little. I go with friends. We like to roller blade, play some Frisbee and just hang out. Sometimes we get to see the geese hanging around. I love watching them and their little goslings.

I love animals, and since I really like doing character design, I thought it would be fun to illustrate a bunch of goslings each doing different things. I tried to give each of them a different personality, but make them seem like a family. Sort of comparing mother and child to geese and goslings. You have the mom smiling and watching as the goslings are wandering around, goofing off. It's that kind of relationship: goslings hanging out at the park just as families of people hang out at the park.