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2005 Poster: These Buildings Breathe Deep


Item#: 2005SYR13

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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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These Buildings Breathe Deep

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These buildings breathe deep
the measure of our good hope
to let us exhale!

As much as my haiku expresses feelings regarding this historic Hawley Green neighborhood, it also reflects an idea that is important to all the fine houses and buildings in the Syracuse area.

Whether it be the Hawley Green homes of the late 19th Century with their Second Empire and Queen Anne styles, or whether it be any of our other, unique, eclectic architecture, there is an interdependence with our buildings and our people.

My poem suggests that the more hope and care we give these structures, the more relieved we can be that they will survive the wrecking ball of progress, and thus, the more we may take comfort in the warmth and beauty of their historical spirit!

This illustration depicts the Hawley-Green neighborhood, which is near downtown Syracuse. However, the illustration is not a map. Instead of an exact replica of the buildings and neighborhood, I consider the illustration an attempt at communicating my impression of how it feels to live here.

To me, it's one of the most interesting places in Syracuse; many of the buildings have been taken care of for more than a century and the neighborhood is full of friendly community spirit.

Hawley-Green is a diverse place where a variety of people live in harmony, and slowly but surely a thriving community is coming into bloom. Creative people, new homes and small businesses are moving into the area. The neighborhood is a sign of hope for a city that really needs such signs.