Poster Image

Hills Building at Dusk


Item#: 2009SYR08

Purchase Details

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

Hills Building at Dusk

poster information


Hills Building at dusk
a solitary gargoyle
searching for falcons

For me, writing haiku poetry is about observing and reflecting. In particular, this project celebrates a sense of place. As I see it, the poems represented on these posters capture specific Syracuse-area places at a moment in time as viewed by one viewer (and then "translated" by an illustrator).

So, when I am trying to conjure up poems for this public-art enterprise, I walk around more attentive. I am receptive for places that will catch my attention, that will stop me in my tracks. In this case, I had been working downtown. I looked up. I saw the gargoyle. I knew people had been tracking the local falcons. I often take a piece of paper in my pocket (a receipt, for example) and do a draft. I tap syllables with my fingers. "Gargoyle": two or three?

I liked this poem because it was more edgy than the others -- dark and more exciting. Before I chose it, I went with my friends to look at the Hills Building, and if you look closely, it has the signs of the zodiac around it. I knew that would add an interesting design element to my poster.

The rest of my work is mostly portraiture with very little patterning. I was excited to do a piece with a lot of fine detail and intricate designs. This painting started me on a new path, trying to incorporate detailed patterns and design elements into my work.